Montage Health employees donate to community wellness programs
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Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Montage Health employees have been putting their own money behind programs Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula offers to improve the health and well-being of the community. The program, called We Care•We Share, was started by employees and is in its fourth year. Employees vote for initiatives they feel benefit the community the most and are in greatest need of additional funding. Then, they can elect to donate their own funds to support the program.
In four years, employees have donated more than $390,000, with participation increasing steadily each year. This year’s campaign just ended, with Montage Health employees donating more than $112,000 to these areas:
- Access to care: Adolescent behavioral health
Access to mental health care lags behind access to other services. Many young people in our community are struggling with mental health issues. Donations could improve access by expanding support groups and educational offerings. Last year, some of the funds were used to pilot a peer-to-peer program at Pacific Grove Middle School.
- Kids Eat Right program: Kids Eat Right has brought nutrition and fitness classes to more than 4,415 fourth graders in 29 schools across Monterey County.
- Transitions program: This free program supports individuals who are facing a serious illness and have a prognosis of 12 months or less.
- Area of greatest need: Funds are allocated where most needed.
“Our employees give of themselves every day when they come to work to provide care for our patients. It is heartwarming to also see our organization’s employees reaching into their own pockets to support wellness programs in our community. They see the need firsthand.” says Al Alvarez, Montage Health’s chief development officer.
ABOUT MONTAGE HEALTH
Montage Health is the nonprofit parent company of a family of organizations dedicated to improving lives by delivering exceptional care and inspiring the pursuit of optimal health. Through its subsidiaries and its partnerships with doctors and other clinicians, healthcare and community organizations, and, most importantly community members, Montage Health is dedicated to care that is coordinated across all care settings to meet each person’s goals and needs. Montage Health’s family of companies includes Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Peninsula Primary Care, Montage Wellness Centers, Aspire Health Plan, Community Health Innovations, and Hospice of the Central Coast.
ABOUT COMMUNITY 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. 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, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula chomp.org.