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Published on February 10, 2016

Community Health Innovations forms partnership to enhance healthcare in Monterey County


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Organizations from around Monterey County are forming a new partnership to enhance healthcare for patients and providers in Monterey County through faster internet speed to transfer vital health information. Community Health Innovations (CHI) convened a meeting at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula to recognize the first Monterey County medical partnerships with CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) — a pioneering provider of a high-capacity broadband network — which enhances healthcare coordination opportunities for Monterey County.

Louis Fox

Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC

CENIC, a nonprofit organization, provides a high-speed, private internet for California’s public education facilities, public libraries, private education institutions, and global leading-edge institutions and research organizations — advancing education and research statewide by providing a fiber network that is essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth.

The partnership will enable healthcare providers to have faster internet speed to perform advanced functions such as securely transferring healthcare images, video, and data within the county and with physicians, for coordinated and enhanced patient care. In addition, the new network provides the opportunity to expand future services within the community such as telemedicine (electronic communication between healthcare providers and patients) and integration with remote patient biometric devices, such as blood pressure readings transmitted to a health provider. Other benefits include developing county-wide public safety initiatives for disaster preparedness, increased security of records being transferred, shared data resources for public health initiatives, and increased access to research institutions for collaboration on patient treatment.

CHI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together patients, healthcare providers, and community resources, seeks to connect with regional and global partners to enhance health in patients along the continuum of care. Dr. Christine Haska, past vice president and chief information officer for the Naval Postgraduate School, and now on the Board of Managers for CHI, assisted in connecting CHI and its healthcare partners with CENIC. Haska facilitated the discussions between the organizations, which led to the valuable partnership. “High-speed connectivity between and among our regional hospitals makes sharing of resources faster and more effective,” said Haska. “And having direct links with the state’s academic medical centers further leverages the benefits of the network.”

Community Hospital recently linked into the network. “We look forward to enhancing our partnership with CENIC to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care,” said Dr. Steven Packer, Community Hospital president/CEO. “The improved connectivity will assist us in enhancing our long-standing relationship with academic medical centers that are already connected through CENIC, along with positioning our organization to use state-of-the-art technologies for future initiatives.”

“This partnership fits perfectly into Salinas Valley Memorial’s commitment to using the latest innovative technology to expand quality patient care,” said Pete Delgado, President and CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “CENIC provides a unique platform to share best practices and support collaboration in a way that benefits our patients and the health and wellness of the entire region we serve. We look forward to being active participants in this exciting initiative.”

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Community Health Innovations,  Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System — all innovators in quality healthcare,” said Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC. “Our network is richer for their participation, and we are delighted to assist these remarkable healthcare institutions in deepening their clinical care, research, and education collaborations with California’s academic medical centers, who are among the founding members of CENIC.”   





Community Health Innovations (CHI) was formed under the leadership of Community Hospital Foundation and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, with the belief that providing the appropriate tools, knowledge, and coordinated support to the patient and the provider builds a healthy and cohesive community. CHI is dedicated to advancing highly reliable, evidence-based healthcare delivery in Monterey and surrounding counties, resulting in a vibrant, engaged, and healthy population, and an aligned medical provider community.



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



CENIC connects California to the world — advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.



Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is an integrated network of health care programs, services and facilities. At the core of the System is an acute care, public district hospital licensed for 269 beds.  Several distinct specializations and programs at SVMHS include the Regional Heart Program, the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Cardiac Wellness Center, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit operated in partnership with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Joint Replacement Center, Regional Spine Center, Sleep Medicine Center and Salinas Valley Medical Clinic. Salinas Valley Memorial features advanced imaging and diagnostic tools, including the Ryan Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging and the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. Salinas Valley Memorial employs more than 1,650 people; its medical staff includes 297 board-certified physicians across a range of specialties.  For more information, visit



Pictured: Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC, taken at partners November presentation at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Montage Wellness Center