Educating for today and the future
As a nonprofit hospital, we invest in the education of our employees, and in future care providers, to ensure that we have the staff and the skills to provide the best care for our community. One of the ways we do this is by co-founding, funding and operating the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing at Monterey Peninsula College, graduating a class of registered nurses every year.
Miguel Pena, (“Miggy”) RN, graduated from MCCSN in 2012. An Emergency department doctor stated about Pena, “There’s no one else I would trust with a sick patient more than Miguel.” Pena was assigned as the primary nurse on a trauma case that came into the Emergency department. The patient had sustained multiple injuries, was initially resuscitated in the field, but required resuscitation in the ED again upon arrival. The patient required numerous blood products, chest tube insertions, and rapid transport to the nearest trauma center. As the primary nurse, Pena was instrumental in the life-saving efforts. He then continued his excellent care when he accompanied the patient all the way to the trauma center in the back of the ambulance. Pena has been one of our ED stars since he became a nurse in 2012. He functions in multiple roles in the ED, including charge nurse, pivot, and float nurse. He also is a valuable preceptor to our newest ED nurses in training.
Other ways we continue to educate for the future of healthcare in our community:
- Employees receive up to $2,000 and 40 hours every two years to for education and training to advance their skills
- Scholarship reimbursement of up to $2,250 every calendar year is offered to employees pursuing degrees, accreditations, licensures, etc.
- The Auxiliary provides thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to staff and the public pursuing healthcare careers
- Continuing education for physicians and clinical staff is regularly offered at Community Hospital
- Community Hospital’s nonprofit parent company, Montage Health, contributed $600,000 to CSU Monterey Bay for a program to train physician assistants
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