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2015 News

Gift from Auxiliary enhances cancer treatment at Community Hospital

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MONTEREY, Calif. — A new linear accelerator, providing greater precision in targeting cancer with radiation, has been installed at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, thanks, in part, to a $200,000 contribution from the Auxiliary.

Each year the Auxiliary makes a substantial gift to the hospital using funds raised through sales at the Comforts gift shop and Fountain Court Café. Both are staffed primarily by the Auxiliary, whose 500 members give 70,000 hours of service to the hospital annually.

The gift is in addition to a $60,000 contribution from the Auxiliary earlier this year, in honor of its 60th anniversary. Those funds were used to help purchase new security doors for the Family Birth Center, benefiting our youngest patients and families for years to come.

“We are extremely grateful for the Auxiliary’s six decades of volunteer and philanthropic support,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “Its members are an important part of the fabric of the hospital, enhancing the environment for patients, visitors, and staff.”

The new linear accelerator offers numerous benefits for our patients in Radiation Oncology, including greater precision to more accurately target tumors while preserving healthy tissue, expanding the types of tumors we can treat, increasing early-stage treatment, reducing the number and duration of some treatments, and promoting greater comfort and faster healing.

More information about the technology may be found in the latest issue of Community Hospital’s Pulse magazine. Information about joining the Auxiliary may be found at www.chompauxiliary.org

ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 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 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 http://www.chomp.org/

Linear Accelerator

The new TrueBeam linear accelerator,
used for cancer treatment at Community
Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

Auxiliary-gift-2015

Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital, receives a
$200,000 gift from Hope Cutino, left, Auxiliary treasurer, and Jean
Kane, Auxiliary president.

Montage Wellness Center