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Published on December 20, 2012

Auxiliary makes $200,000 gift to Community Hospital for cardiac care

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Three-dimensional images of the heart are now available at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, in part through a $200,000 contribution from the Auxiliary.

Auxiliary gift

Chuck Wash, Auxiliary treasurer, at left, and Ann O’Neill, Auxiliary president,
right, present a check for $200,000 to Dr. Steven Packer, CEO/president of  Community Hospital, and Dr. Richard Gray, medical director, Tyler Heart
Institute. (Photo by Harmon Brown, Auxiliary volunteer.)

Each year the Auxiliary makes a substantial gift to Community Hospital, using funds raised through sales at the Comforts gift shop and Fountain Court Café. Both are staffed primarily by the Auxiliary, whose members give nearly 80,000 hours of service to the hospital annually.

“Through both our time and the money we raise, our dedicated volunteers make a difference to patients and visitors at Community Hospital,” says Ann O’Neill, who is completing a two-year term as Auxiliary president. “Tyler Heart Institute identified a need for this new technology and we were pleased to be able to help bring it to the hospital and the people it serves.”

The technology, 3-D echocardiography, provides real-time, three-dimensional images of a beating heart, giving cardiologists instant, vivid views to aid them in making clinical decisions. More information about the technology, including a video demonstration, may be found here, or at

“We are grateful for the Auxiliary and its decades of support,” says Steven Packer, MD, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “Through its members’ work and financial contributions, the Auxiliary plays an important role in creating our healing environment.”

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 207 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
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