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Published on February 20, 2015

Community Hospital recognized by military at special event


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Officers and staff from the Presidio of Monterey and the Naval Post Graduate School recognized and thanked Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula today for its partnership in providing excellent care to Peninsula military personnel and their families.

Military recognition

Col. Rex Berggren, CALMED commander of the U.S. Army at the Presidio of the Monterey, spoke to a crowd of military personnel, hospital staff, hospital volunteers, and community members about the role Community Hospital plays in the care of service members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians, foreign nationals, and their families. The ceremony was held at the request of military leaders to “laud the incredible care and compassion that CHOMP (Community Hospital), provides every day, in so many ways,” said Berggren. At the event, Berggren shared testimonials from grateful military patients who have received care at the hospital’s Family Birth Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Behavioral Health Services, and in other areas. In addition, administrative departments were recognized for their customer service.

Steven Packer, MD, Community Hospital’s president/CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital. “We are honored to be entrusted with your care for over the past 60 years,” Packer told the group.

A special plaque presented to the hospital reads, “For outstanding medical support of service members, military families, and civil service employees assigned to the Presidio of Monterey and Naval Post Graduate School – Healing Heroes, Best on the Bay.” The plaque includes nine coins from each division of the military on the Peninsula. It will be displayed at the hospital.


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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