What is Natividad?
Natividad is a 172-bed acute care medical center owned and operated by Monterey County. The hospital has been providing healthcare since 1886. Natividad is a public community hospital that emphasizes the care of women, children and families and offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and specialty care.

Natividad is a teaching hospital. What does a teaching hospital do?
Natividad is an affiliate with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Natividad is the only teaching hospital in Monterey County. Recognized nationally and internationally as a model program, the Family Medicine Residency Training Program is a postgraduate training program for physicians specializing in the board-certified specialty of Family Medicine. About 1/3 of the graduates remain on the Central Coast to establish a practice and provide care to the local community.

What makes Natividad unique?
The hospital provides services not available anywhere in the County. These Services include:

  • The Sally P. Archer Child Advocacy Center/Bates-Eldredge Clinic, the County’s only multi-disciplinary medical-forensic clinic dedicated to child victims of sexual abuse;
  • The County’s Trauma Center;
  • The only locked inpatient mental health facility in the County; and
  • The County’s only hospital-based helipad.

Is Natividad Accredited?
The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and is a modern medical center campus offering comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and specialty care.

What is Natividad’s mission?
Natividad’s mission is to continually improve the health status of the people of Monterey County through access to affordable, high-quality healthcare services. Natividad has become a leader in the community. The hospital has created a strategic plan focusing on high quality healthcare, service excellence and growth, improved health and wellness services, and other benefits responsive to the cultural needs of the community for more than 132 years.

What is Natividad’s vision?
Natividad brings people together to:

  • To continually evolve as a model safety net hospital
  • Be an accessible and desired resource of care; and.
  • Provide best practices, stellar outcomes and high patient and caregiver satisfaction levels.

What are Natividad ’s values?
Natividad’s staff is empowered to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Developing a unique care plan for each person;
  • Performing as stewards of safety for our patients;
  • Being committed to creating a culture of questioning (all questions are good); and.
  • Provide a nurturing environment.

How long has Natividad been in existence?
Natividad has been providing healthcare to Monterey County’s babies, children and families for more than 132 years, and now leads the state’s Safety Net Hospitals in financial performance.

Does the hospital offer qualified interpretation services?
Natividad offers qualified interpreter services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 150 languages. Telecommunications devices (TDD) are available to help hearing impaired patients, and the hospital can arrange a sign language interpreter when needed. The hospital provides good communication between caregivers, patients and their families to ensure quality healthcare services and patient safety. If you need help, call (831) 796-1612. For more information, click here.

Can I volunteer at the Natividad?
Community volunteers contribute annually through our Auxiliary and department volunteer programs. Natividad volunteers are an important part of our staff. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please call the volunteer office at (831) 755-4215.

Does Natividad offer spiritual care?
Natividad offers non-denominational spiritual care

What type of emergency services does Natividad provide?

Emergency services are available 24 hours a day for general illness, disease and life-threatening conditions. The hospital offers 18 emergency beds; emergency room physicians; physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners; registered nurses, and technicians; and a helicopter on premise (the only hospital in Salinas with a helipad on campus).

What type of outpatient services does the hospital offer?
Natividad Specialty Clinics offers pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, urology, gastroenterology, colon & rectal surgery, vascular surgery, podiatry, pediatric cardiology, pediatric orthopedics, and cardiopulmonary neuro-diagnostic services.

What type of inpatient services does Natividad offer?
The hospital offers Intensive Care Unit (ICU); Medical Surgical Unit; Maternity Services; Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III; Pediatric Unit; Mental Health Unit; and Rehabilitation Services.

What maternity services does Natividad offer?
Maternity services include a 26-bed unit; family centered care; fare for childbearing women, newborns and the family; hearing screening for all infants; option of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) to qualified women; education; support services; CPR classes; location support and a lactation consultant is available 7 days a week.

What is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III do?
Certified by the California Children’s Services (CCS), Natividad’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III is devoted to newborn infants requiring specialized care. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III provides stabilization for newborns and intermediate and intensive care for growing newborn. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III offers the highest level of newborn care

How do I make a donation?
The Natividad Foundation philanthropically supports programs that continually improve the health status of the people in our community through access to affordable, high-quality healthcare services. Natividad Foundation is passionate about raising funds to support access to healthcare for babies, children and families in our community. Established in 1988, Natividad Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible. The Tax ID Number is 77-0194989. For more information on Natividad Foundation or ways to give, call (831) 755-4187 or visit www.natividadfoundation.org.