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Published on August 10, 2016

Montage Health donates $90,000 and supplies to five local agencies for firefighting and recovery efforts


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Montage Health, the nonprofit parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, announced that Montage Health and its Board of Trustees have donated a total of $90,000 to firefighting and recovery efforts for the Soberanes fire.

The fire, burning since Friday, July 22, and located just a few miles south and east of Community Hospital and north of Big Sur, has burned more than 60,000 acres and 57 homes, threatened 2,000 additional structures, and sadly, taken one life. In addition, numerous firefighters and community members have been treated by Community Hospital for injuries and illness.

Montage Health and its Board of Trustees donated to five local organizations that have been critical to the firefighting and recovery efforts, and who are in great need of funding to continue that work. The five organizations recognized:

$50,000 to Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA). CPOA helps to preserve the Big Sur coast and to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the Big Sur Community. CPOA started a relief fund for those who have been displaced or lost their homes or jobs to the fire.

$10,000 to Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade provides fire protection and emergency services to the Big Sur area and has been, and continues to be, instrumental in the Soberanes firefighting efforts.

$10,000 to Mid-Coast Fire Brigade. The Mid-Coast Fire Brigade is comprised of community members who volunteer their time to provide firefighting, disaster relief, and emergency services to the Big Sur area. Their team continues to provide necessary support for Soberanes firefighting and relief.

$10,000 to Carmel Valley Village Fire Station. The Carmel Valley Village Fire Station covers fire and emergency services to the Carmel Valley Village area.

$10,000 to Cachagua Fire Volunteer Fire Department. Cachagua Fire provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to the rural and mountainous areas at the eastern end of Carmel Valley, known as the Cachagua area. The District comprises approximately 110 square miles of territory and serves more than 1,000 residents.

“This issue is so close to home and has such significant impact on our community,” said John Mahoney, Montage Board of Trustees chair. “We are so grateful and appreciative for the efforts of these local organizations; we feel it’s a mandate to be supportive.”

The money, donated by Montage Health and its Board of Trustees, is not money from patient bills and will not affect the cost of care for future patients. In addition to monetary funds donated, Montage Health has reached out to CAL FIRE, as well as local aid organizations to offer its support. More than $4,000 worth of poison oak medication and other supplies have been donated to local firefighting groups and the Big Sur Health Clinic.

“We hope for everyone’s safety as they continue to fight these fires and protect lives,” said Mahoney.



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. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital 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 (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

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