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Published on January 31, 2017

Community Hospital celebrates Tyler Heart Institutes 10-year anniversary with free heart health events in February


Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756
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MONTEREY, Calif. — This year marks the 10th anniversary of Tyler Heart Institute’s service to the hearts of Monterey County and Community Hospital is celebrating that and American Heart Month with a free heart health fair and other events.

Heart disease 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.

Founded a decade ago by Community Hospital, Tyler Heart Institute has served thousands of patients with everything from preventive care to intricate valve repair and replacement.

At the heart health event, set for February 13, community members can talk one-on-one with doctors and other clinicians from THI, learn about the treatments and see the tools for conditions such as a-fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), cardiac arrest, and clogged arteries. Attendees can take our free heart-disease risk assessments, with screenings for cholesterol and a blood pressure check, and then meet with a clinician to go over the results.

Join us anytime between 5 and 7:30 p.m. to visit interactive booths, take the assessment and have the screenings, enjoy heart-healthy food, and enter to win prizes. Visit for more information. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, 23625 Holman Hwy, Monterey.

We’re also celebrating THI’s birthday and American Heart Month with these activities:

February 17. American Heart Association’s Go Red Luncheon. Community Hospital and Tyler Heart Institute are major sponsors of the AHA Go Red Luncheon at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Enjoy free heart screenings. Registration is required and tickets are $135

Throughout February. Go Red Tree Lighting. The hospital’s cypress tree will be lit in red to honor women and promote the prevention of heart disease all month long. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula front entrance, 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey.

Throughout February. “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program. 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 staff and Auxiliary. Our Family Birth Center routinely screens every newborn for heart defects.

Throughout February. Free heart health risk assessment and Fitbit contest. Take Community Hospital’s online health risk assessment during the month of February and be entered to win Fitbit. Learn your risk factors and the next steps to prevent heart disease.

All year. Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. Tyler Heart Institute 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.

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 and Stroke 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. 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

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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