Press Room

March 1, 2013

ViaCare Monterey County to Launch on Monday, March 4th

Applications Will Be Available For Pick Up at 7 Monterey County Locations

ViaCare Monterey County will launch Monday, March 4th, the County of Monterey’s Low Income Health Program (LIHP). ViaCare is a partnership between Natividad Medical Center, the Monterey County Health Department, and the Monterey County Department of Social Services. ViaCare will provide coverage to approximately 500 uninsured adults between 19- 64 years of age, who earn up to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is roughly $11,172 per year for an individual.


January 16, 2013

Natividad Medical Center Is Nationally Recognized for Patient-Focused “Always Events”

Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California was selected to join the Always Events® Community and Recognition Program for its “Know Your Physician” initiative. Natividad Medical Center was selected by the Picker Institute, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the principles of patient-centered care. In cooperation with educational institutions and other committed entities and individuals, Picker Institute sponsors awards, research and education to promote patient-centered care and the patient-centered care movement.


October 26, 2012

Natividad Medical Center Launches Pet Therapy Program

Caring Canines Leave A Paw Print On The Hearts of Natividad Patients

Natividad Medical Center announced today that it has launched a Pet Therapy Program. Pet Therapy is an important service for Natividad Medical Center patients and staff. The dogs and their human partners help ease patients' anxiety and promote shorter recovery time. The dogs are highly trained and know how to interact in a special way with each individual patient.


October 10, 2012

Natividad Medical Center Receives Two Grants

Health Care Workforce Grant and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Grant

Natividad Medical Center has received two grants. One from the Health Care Workforce for its family practice program and one from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services for its cross-cultural training program to teach medical residents skills to provide evidence-based Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for patients who have, or are at risk for, a substance use disorder with emphasis on youth, Latinos and seniors.


August 1, 2012

Natividad Medical Center and Anthem Blue Cross Reach Agreement

Natividad Medical Center and Anthem Blue Cross announced today that they have reached a new multi-year agreement effective Aug. 1, 2012 to continue the medical center’s delivery of quality care to Anthem Blue Cross members.   In addition, if a member has a tiered benefit plan, Natividad Medical Center is a “Tier 1” Preferred Provider network hospital. This means added value with lower out of pocket costs for Anthem Blue Cross members who receive inpatient or outpatient services at Natividad Medical Center.


July 26, 2012

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Affiliation Decision

Harry Weis, Natividad Medical Center CEO, Makes a Formal Statement

As Natividad Medical Center’s CEO, I wish to express my disappointment that a significant opportunity has been lost for our local community. The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) Board of Directors has reached a decision to not affiliate with Natividad Medical Center at this time. We know that this was not an easy decision in light of future changes in health care affecting us all. While we highly value and respect the significant contributions that SVMHS has made in improving health care in our community for over sixty years, we believe that a merger between Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Natividad Medical Center would have built on the strengths, expertise, and experience of both hospitals.


July 23, 2012

Natividad Medical Center Announces the Grand Opening of D’Arrigo Family Specialty Services

Natividad Medical Center CEO, Harry Weis, announced today the Hospital will celebrate the grand opening of the D’Arrigo Family Specialty Services. D’Arrigo Family Specialty Services will provide specialized care – beyond the scope of Family Medicine – for more than 32,000 patient visits a year. Specialty services expansion has resulted in an increase from 18 exam rooms to 27 new exam rooms and 3 new procedure rooms.


June 28, 2012

Natividad Medical Center Statement Regarding The Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling Today

SALINAS, CA (June 28, 2012) –Today the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, which affects nearly every American. Natividad Medical Center CEO Harry Weis, announced today that the hospital is grateful that the Supreme Court has preserved the opportunity to make the biggest improvements to health care in over 50 years.


June 27, 2012

Natividad Medical Center Bariatric Surgery Center Receives Accreditation from the ACS Bariatric Surgery Center Network

SALINAS, CA (June 27, 2012)—The bariatric surgery center at Natividad Medical Center has been accredited as a American College of Surgeons Level 2 Accredited Bariatric Center facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This designation means that Natividad Medical Center has met the essential criteria that ensure it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCNAccreditation Program.


June 22, 2012

The Diabetes Education Center (DEC) at Natividad Medical Center Becomes an AADE-Accredited Diabetes Education Program

SALINAS, CA (June 22, 2012) — The Diabetes Education Center (DEC) at Natividad Medical Center was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This will allow residents in and around Monterey County increased access to critical diabetes education services.


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