Natividad FAQs

What is Natividad?
Natividad is a 172-bed acute care medical center owned and operated by Monterey County. The hospital has been providing healthcare for more than 132 years. A public community hospital, Natividad emphasizes the care of women, children and families and offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and specialty care

Natividad is Safety Net Hospital. What is a Safety Net Hospital?
Natividad is distinguished from other hospitals on the Central Coast by its mission to provide care to all regardless of ability to pay. Natividad is the only hospital on the Central Coast distinguished by its commitment to provide care to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Safety Net Hospitals like Natividad represent only 6% of all hospitals in California but provide care to 85% of all indigent patients in the state and train more than half of the doctors in California.

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 on the Central Coast. 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.

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

  • The Central Coast’s first California Children’s Services-certified Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • The Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Center offering the Central Coast’s only inpatient acute rehabilitation program
  • 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 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program providing comprehensive primary care for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Salinas Valley
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Develop a unique care plan for each person
  • Perform as stewards of safety for our patients
  • Committed to creating a culture of questioning. All questions are good.
  • 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.

How many medical staff are there at Natividad?
Natividad has a medical staff of more than 235 physicians.

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. The hospital can arrange a sign language interpreter. If you need help call (831) 796-1612. The hospital provides good communication between caregivers, patients and their families to ensure quality healthcare services and patient safety. For more information, click here.

Can I volunteer to 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 provided?
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; registered nurses technicians; and helicopter on premise (the only hospital in Salinas).

What type of outpatient services does the hospital offer?
Natividad Specialty Clinics offers pediatrics; OB/GYN; general surgery; cardiology; orthopedics; urology; gastroenterology; colon and rectal surgery; vascular surgery; podiatry; pediatric cardiology and pediatric orthopedics; general surgery 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?
Natividad delivers more than 240 babies every month. Maternity services include 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 lactation consultant available 7 days a week.

What is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level III do?
Certified by the California Children’s Services, 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?
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