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Published on January 28, 2016

Community Hospital hosts free heart health events in February


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MONTEREY, Calif. — It is the leading cause of death and to blame for 1 in every 4 deaths. It is responsible for more than 735,000 heart attacks and 610,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. The culprit?  Heart disease. To help prevent heart disease and raise awareness of its effects, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and its Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are hosting a series of free events in February for American Heart Month.


Throughout February. Babies born in our Family Birth Center will be given handmade red knit hats to raise awareness of congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the United States. Community Hospital is partnering with the American Heart Association in this “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign, and many of the hats will be knitted by members of the hospital’s Auxiliary. Our Family Birth Center routinely screens every newborn for heart defects.


February 5. Go Red Tree Lighting. Join us at 6 p.m. as we light the hospital’s cypress tree in red to honor women and promote the prevention of heart disease. Shelly Lipe, a local heart attack survivor, will flip the switch this year. Lipe, just 51, survived a heart attack after her 12-year-old daughter recognized her symptoms from an episode of “Gray’s Anatomy” and urged her to go to the hospital. Following the lighting ceremony, the red lights will come on at twilight every evening in February. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula front entrance, 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey.


February 25. Women’s Heart Health Evening.  Join us from 5:30-8 p.m. for an evening focused on women’s heart health, with a panel presentation and Q&A with area cardiologists, information booths, workout options, heart-healthy snacks and an olive oil tasting. Registration is required. Space is limited. Visit for more information. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, 23625 Holman Hwy, Monterey.


February 26.  American Heart Association’s Go Red Luncheon. Community Hospital and THI are sponsoring the AHA Go Red Luncheon at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Enjoy free heart screenings. Registration is required.


Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. THI provides AED devices at discounted prices, program oversight, maintenance, and compliance support when organizations enroll in its AED Program. Nonprofit organizations and schools can apply for partial or complete grants. More than 300 AEDs are in place throughout Monterey County.


Free heart health risk assessment and Apple® watch contest. You and someone you love can take THI’s online health risk assessment during the month of February and be entered to win a set of Apple sport watches. Learn your risk factors and the next steps to prevent heart disease.


Community Hospital’s heart programs are the recipients of the Joint Commission Top Performer award in heart attack and heart failure, the American Heart Association’s Get with Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award, and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Chest Pain Center accreditation.  Community Hospital is also a sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Central Coast Heart Walk in October.


For more information on heart disease as well as a full list and links to our February heart health programs, registration, and the online risk assessment and contest, visit






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



Tyler Heart Institute encompasses the full range of cardiac services — heart disease prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and rehabilitation.  Established in 2007, Tyler Heart Institute has a highly experienced and committed team of doctors, nurses, and staff, as well as state-of-the-art equipment.

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