Featured Stories


Fall/Winter 2018

In this issue

Getting your heart back in rhythm

Getting your heart back in rhythm

Racing, pounding, a skipped beat, or fluttering. Many of us have experienced heart sensations like these. It’s usually not serious, often just too much caffeine or too much stress. But if the sensations persist, you should talk with your doctor, says Dr. Steven Fowler, a specialist in arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, at Montage Medical Group’s cardiology practice.



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Epic system designed to make care safer, more seamless

Epic system designed to make care safer, more seamless

Montage Health has implemented a new, sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) called Epic that enables healthcare providers to deliver safer, more seamless, comprehensive care for residents and visitors of Monterey County. Epic also provides patients with unprecedented access to their own health records through a system called MyChart.



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Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit: 5 years, more than 1,000 patients

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit: 5 years, more than 1,000 patients

The first patient to come through the doors of Community Hospital’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit was a young man who had lost a leg to diabetes and was learning to navigate his world in his new circumstances. In the five years since, more than 1,000 people have received the unit’s specialized care, all geared toward helping them live as independently and fully as possible after a traumatic injury, accident, or illness.



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Reconstructing body, mind, and spirit in the IRU after a motorcycle crash

Reconstructing body, mind, and spirit in the IRU after a motorcycle crash

After spending 82 days in three hospitals, recovering from the motorcycle wreck that nearly took his life, Ken Schwan came up with an affectionate nickname for Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and its Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. “I use the word cocoon, because there was a real warmth and a feeling of confidence and comfort,” he says.



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New medical director of Ohana sees “exquisite opportunity” to serve the community’s children and youth

New medical director of Ohana sees “exquisite opportunity” to serve the community’s children and youth

Dr. Susan Swick’s appointment is latest step in developing groundbreaking mental-health program. There are successful pursuits that span decades. There are lifetime passions. And, almost always, there are definable moments. One of Susan Swick’s defining “moments” started with a middle schooler and became a four-year journey.



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Aspire Health Plan marks 5th year of Medicare Advantage in Monterey County

Aspire Health Plan marks 5th year of Medicare Advantage in Monterey County

In 2013, Aspire Health Plan was pretty much a mystery. A locally owned health plan? Medicare Advantage? No supplement needed? Do any doctors accept it? What happens if I need care when I’m out of the county, or the country? Yes, it’s local. Yes, it’s a Medicare Advantage Plan, the advantage being that all parts — hospital, doctor, and drug benefits — are wrapped into one plan, with one card. Yes, more than 700 local doctors and all four hospitals in Monterey County accept it. And, urgent and emergency care are covered anywhere.



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From rehabilitation to wellness:
Continuing the journey after therapy ends

From rehabilitation to wellness: Continuing the journey after therapy ends

After a serious fall, Shalene Divine’s prescription for healing included physical therapy. Her sessions at Community Hospital’s outpatient Rehabilitation Services were pivotal to her recovery. So was her introduction to the hospital’s Montage Wellness Center, located in the same building as her physical therapy. Once her therapy ended, Divine continued her journey to wellness by becoming a member of the center, the path envisioned when the center was planned.



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Lung-screening service takes deeper look at suspicious spots

Lung-screening service takes deeper look at suspicious spots

If your doctor sees a “spot” on your lungs in a chest X-ray or scan, the first thing to do is not panic. Fewer than five percent of these are cancerous. The second thing to do is to talk with your doctor about whether more investigation is needed.



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Walk and Win

Walk and Win

Walking is one of the cheapest and easiest forms of exercise, and it’s good for you in so many ways.If you have been meaning to start an exercise program, just want to have fun, or have been advised by your doctor that you need to exercise, this class is for you. Strengthen your heart and your body. Learn about flexibility and how to stretch. Increase your endurance, enthusiasm, and energy. Participants walk on the track at the MPC campus.



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Building a healthy community through philanthropy

At Montage Health Foundation, we believe in the power of philanthropy to improve and sustain the health of our entire community.



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Pulse magazine provides educational information on health topics
of interest to people in the Monterey Bay Area.
Pulse is published twice a year by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula,
a nonprofit subsidiary of Montage Health.



Editor: Brenda Moore
Art Director/Designer: Ingrid Davis
Web Design: Nicole Pahl
Writers: Mary Barker, Lisa Crawford Watson, Brenda Moore, and Dennis Taylor
Photographer: Rick Pharaoh
On the Cover: Patient Ken Schwan



pulse@chomp.org
(831) 658-3630

Montage Health Board of Trustees

Kathleen Bang, Vice Chair
Jane Durant-Jones
John Ellison, MD
Gene Hill
Michael D. Lyon
John Mahoney
Stan McKee
John O’Brien
Frederick O’Such
Steven Packer, MD
Jane Panattoni, Secretary
Stephen Schulte
Greg Spowart, MD
Bill Warner
Patrick Welton, MD, Chair
Phil Wilhelm
William Young

Montage Health Executive Team

Steve X. Cabrales, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs
Kevin Causey, Vice President/Chief Development Officer
Anthony Chavis, MD, Enterprise, Chief Medical Officer
Scott Kelly, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Aspire Health Plan
Liz Lorenzi, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Community Health Innovations
Matthew Morgan, Vice President/Finance
Tim Nylen, Vice President
Steven Packer, MD, President/Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia L. Peck, Vice President
Debbie Sober, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
Laura Zehm, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer