Patient support services
While you’re here we have a variety of services to support you during your stay.
Community Hospital's Auxiliary provides patient services including:
- Delivery of a daily newspaper (Sunday on request)
- Delivery of magazines
- Assistance for your family and friends in the waiting areas of surgery, intensive care, short stay, and outpatient surgery
- Gift shop and Fountain Court Café staffing
- Reception desk staffing
Our chaplains can provide compassionate and respectful support to help you draw on your own spiritual, religious, cultural, and philosophical resources as you deal with the challenges of illness, treatment decisions, and the healing process. Chaplains are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., excluding holidays. On-call chaplains are available for emergency needs at all other times. For more information, call (831) 622-2892 for non-urgent needs or ask your nurse to contact a chaplain for you.
The hospital has access to interpreter services for the deaf and in 140 languages for non-English-speaking persons 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any problem with our interpreter services, call Nursing Administration, 4711.
A TDD phone for the deaf is available on request.
Our social workers are available to assess your needs. Services are confidential and may include short-term support counseling, problem-solving strategies, and information regarding resources. You can request a social worker's services through your nurse or by calling our Care Coordination department, (831) 625-4910.
Therapy dog program
Studies indicate that people's blood pressure goes down when petting a dog, and they are distracted from their pain. Community Hospital has more than 20 volunteers who each make a minimum of one visit a month with their therapy dogs. The dogs - all vaccinated, clean, and on leash - are available upon request for most nursing units.