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Published on July 16, 2015

Aches, pains, or breaks in your joints or bones?
Community Hospital’s new Orthopedic Center can help

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544
Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

MONTEREY, Calif. — Helping community members lead more active, pain-free lives is the mission of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s newly formed Orthopedic Center.

Bringing together the full range of Community Hospital’s orthopedic care under one umbrella, the Orthopedic Center encompasses a multidisciplinary team including board-certified orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, nurses, pharmacists, radiologists, and a joint-replacement program coordinator.

“Our population is very active and it is aging, making expert bone and joint care particularly important,” says Community Hospital’s president and CEO, Dr. Steven Packer. “Community Hospital has been a leader in orthopedic care, historically performing more joint-replacement surgeries than anyone else in the region. We have expanded our physical and occupational therapy program as well as our community education and outreach about bone health. The formation of the Orthopedic Center is the latest step in ensuring that the region’s residents get the level and quality of care they need.”

Community Hospital’s approach to orthopedic care begins with education and prevention. Working with the American Bone Health organization, the hospital pioneered a series of bone-health exercise classes that have become a national model. Community Hospital also offers a free quarterly lecture series on bone-health topics, from nutrition to improving balance.

If musculoskeletal issues do develop, they may be resolved with conservative care, from rest to physical therapy to medication. Others require a surgical solution. When joint replacement is the right choice, Community Hospital’s Orthopedic Center is the right place to have it done.
As the region’s joint replacement leader, Community Hospital has adopted modern and progressive processes resulting in the things patients care about most:

• Reduced pain
• Shorter hospital stays
• Discharge home
• Faster return to normal activities
• Decreased complication rates

The Orthopedic Center has been working closely and collaboratively with many of Community Hospital’s experienced and dedicated orthopedic surgeons to achieve these shared goals.

“We work together from pre-operative preparation through hospitalization and rehabilitation,” says Dr. Steven X. Cabrales, vice president, medical affairs. “We have enhanced our approach in numerous ways, including adding a perioperative clinic to provide an in-depth assessment of each patient’s health before surgery. This minimizes complication risks and improves outcome; we’re doing it at a level usually found only in the nation’s teaching hospitals.”

Community Hospital also added a joint replacement program coordinator position, held by Maggie LeBel, a registered nurse with more than a dozen years of experience in orthopedics. LeBel helps patients understand and navigate the process and works with surgeons and clinicians to provide expert, coordinated, and personalized care to achieve excellent results. LeBel leads classes for those interested in learning more about joint replacement and for those already planning to have surgery.

More information about the Orthopedic Center may be found at An online tool for assessing bone and joint health is also available, at


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, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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