Cardiopulmonary and Respiratory Therapy
Technicians and therapists will perform tests and treatments when ordered by your doctor.
The Laboratory tests your blood and other bodily fluids, as ordered by your doctor. A phlebotomist will come to your room to collect a blood specimen. Your doctor or members of the nursing staff will collect other types of specimens for testing.
The Blood Center provides a ready supply of safe blood and blood components collected from local volunteer donors. In addition, prior to surgery, you can have your own blood drawn (with a doctor's order) and stored for use during your surgery. For more information, contact the Blood Center, (831) 625-4814.
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
X-rays, scans, and other special procedures are ordered by your doctor. A transporter will take you to the department for the test. Some X-rays can be done in your room if necessary. A radiologist interprets and diagnoses all tests and reports his or her findings to your doctor.
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists and exercise assistants will help with your recovery if ordered by your doctor. They can help you regain strength and movement, improve your speech and swallowing, manage your pain, and help you learn to care for yourself and return to work. The therapist may come to your room or you may go to the Rehabilitation Services department to use special equipment.
The staff and volunteer chaplains are here to provide spiritual support at your request. You or your loved ones can ask your nurse to arrange a chaplain visit any time during your stay or call the chaplain office directly at 831 622-2892.
The chaplain's goal is to support you to find healing, hope, and strength while facing the challenges of your illness.
The chaplain service does not take the place of visits by clergy from your own church, parish, or temple. At your request, the chaplain will contact your minister, locate clergy representing a specific faith, offer sacraments, or fill other religious needs.
Our social workers are available to assess your needs. Services are confidential and may include short-term support counseling, problem-solving strategies, and information regarding resources. You can request a social worker's services through your nurse or by calling our Social Services department, (831) 625-4910.
Cancer Education and Support
The Comprehensive Cancer Center and Health Resource Library are available to patients and families dealing with the complex issues and emotional challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis. The wide variety of services includes individual and group support sessions for adults, videotapes, assisted computer searches, and books.
The Cancer Wellness© program, Breast Cancer Support Group, After Breast Cancer Surgery class, and Cancer Journey program are some of the groups and classes offered. For a complete listing of available support, call the Comprehensive Cancer Center, (831) 625-4753.
Health Resource Library
You may browse, borrow, and find information about a number of health-related topics from an extensive collection of books, videos, and audiotapes. The library, located in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, is open to all patients, their guests, and the general public. The library is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For information, call (831) 622-2746.
Crisis intervention and evaluation are available to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The crisis team offers immediate assessment of the patient and the situation.
Please discuss concerns with your doctor, who may then contact Behavioral Health Services on your behalf. For additional assistance, contact a crisis team member, (831) 625-4623.
Community Hospital's Auxiliary provides patient services including:
- Delivery of a daily newspaper (Sunday on request)
- Delivery of magazines
- Assistance for your family and friends in the waiting areas of Surgery, Intensive Care, Short Stay, and Outpatient Surgery
- Gift shop and Fountain Court Café staffing
- Reception desk staffing
The hospital has access to interpreter services for the deaf and in 140 languages for non-English-speaking persons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any problem with our interpreter services, call Nursing Administration, 4711.
A TDD phone for the deaf is available on request.
Therapy Dog Program
Studies indicate that people's blood pressure goes down when petting a dog, and they are distracted from their pain. Community Hospital has more than 25 volunteers who each make a minimum of one visit a month with their therapy dogs. The dogs - all vaccinated, clean, and on a leash - are available upon request for most nursing units.