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Published on August 17, 2010

‘Topping out’ Community Hospital’s wellness center

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Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544 or Mary Barker (831) 622-2757

MONTEREY, Calif. — The upper-most steel beam was hoisted into place at the top of the 34,000-square-foot wellness center in Marina today, marking a milestone in Community Hospital’s commitment to providing wellness to the community.

Hospital administrators and staff were joined by community members who plan to use the wellness center, Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado, construction officials, and others involved in the project at a “topping out” event, a tradition among steelworkers.  

 

Dr. Steven Packer at Wellness Center 'topping-out' ceremonySteven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital, is among those
signing the beam before it is hoisted into place atop the Marina wellness center.

 

“We see this as an exciting and timely opportunity for bringing prevention, health, and wellness to our broader community,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “Most people aren’t completely sick or completely well. We’re all on a continuum, so it makes sense to have a place where people can improve their health and well-being while managing risk factors.” 

Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2011. The 9.5-acre site is in Marina at Imjin Parkway and 2nd Avenue, across from the Dunes of Monterey Bay shopping center that includes REI and Target.

The project includes a wellness center that will bring together health, fitness, and medical expertise. The center will be open to patients referred by their doctors as well as members of the general public. They will work with medical and fitness experts to develop and follow customized health and wellness programs in a monitored setting.

The wellness facility will include:

  • a cardiovascular fitness and rehabilitation area
  • indoor lap and therapy pools
  • physical, speech, and occupational therapy
  • areas for strength training and classes
  • locker rooms

The center will adjoin a 27,500-square-foot medical office building that will be home to Peninsula Primary Care, a satellite laboratory, X-ray services, and urgent care, bringing a range of needed healthcare services to Marina and the surrounding area.

The center is a timely development in light of healthcare reform. Government insurance such as Medicare, and then commercial insurers, are expected to begin reimbursing healthcare providers for how well they manage patients’ health, rather than on how much they do. This requires access to primary care and strategies to promote wellness, both of hich are the focus of the Marina campus.

                                   

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Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, founded in 1934 and located at 23625 Holman Highway in Monterey, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through 15 locations, including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at www.chomp.org