Healthcare is one of the most important topics in our society today. Our goal on Healthcare Day was to educate the cohort about the world-class resources available and issues that our residents face in Monterey County. Our day started with an informative tour and discussion of Montage Wellness Center in Marina, where members of our community exercise in a very welcoming environment. We spent time with Dr. Steven Packer, President/CEO of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, who shared details of the cost of healthcare, the Aspire Health plan and the importance of preventative care. Next, we visited with Adrienne Laurent, Chief Strategic Communications Officer, at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, where we were treated to a tour and a discussion about the population served, internships available for emerging medical professionals and the growth planned at the hospital. We also learned about Blue Zones Project, a new healthy living initiative that is a collaboration between Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Taylor Farms and Montage Health. At Natividad Medical Center, we ended our day with Andrea Rosenberg, Assistant Administrator, who educated us on the complicated issues operating as a public safety-net hospital that is owned and operated by Monterey County, as well as details about their Level II Trauma Center and affiliation with UC San Francisco.
Lunch sponsor: Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System