Mee Memorial Healthcare System Rena Salamacha
Rena Salamacha, CEO, Mee Memorial Healthcare System

Access to healthcare services is critical to good health. Across the United States, rural healthcare providers play a crucial role in ensuring the well-being of rural communities. They provide timely access to essential emergency and medical services, support preventative care, provide education, and address health disparities. Healthcare workers also impact the community’s economic well-being due to employment opportunities and support of local businesses.

It is clear that an investment in rural healthcare is an investment in the community.

In 2021, we adopted a new mission: an ongoing commitment to providing patient-centered healthcare delivered with the highest quality of service. With this mission in mind, and with the help of grant funding, we recently embarked on a significant renovation to improve our Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging departments.

This exciting project will move forward in four phases. The first of which will impact the Diagnostic Imaging registration and waiting areas. You may have seen some of our social media posts or the signage around the hospital building indicating that these changes have begun.

When the project is complete, the Emergency Department (ED) and Diagnostic Imaging areas will be equipped with the latest medical technology and equipment to provide you with the highest standards of patient care, improving the patient experience significantly thanks to a newly designed, welcoming, and comfortable environment.

Access to an ED in our community is essential for the immediate response to critical health situations. Local access ensures swift medical attention during an emergency to achieve the best possible health outcome. The ED renovation will include new patient rooms, a larger waiting area, and a new triage area to ensure patients are assessed quickly upon arrival. This new layout will ensure that patients can quickly, efficiently, and comfortably move through the various stages of their treatment, from triage to diagnosis and treatment.

Local access to diagnostic imaging services reduces the need for patients to travel substantial distances for medical assessments. This aids preventative care, making healthcare more accessible and equitable, facilitating early detection and diagnosis of medical conditions, and enabling timely treatment. The new Mee Memorial Diagnostic Imaging department will be equipped with the latest imaging technology and will be a welcoming environment for patients.

The entire project is expected to take approximately 12-18 months, with the ED renovation scheduled for completion first. Mee Memorial Healthcare System is committed to minimizing any disruption to patient care during the renovation process. Patients will continue to receive the same high-quality care they have come to expect from MMHS, with minimal impact on their overall experience.

These upgraded facilities will play an essential role in advancing healthcare and health outcomes for our community, providing reduced wait times, improved patient and staff satisfaction, and reducing the need for patients to travel.

This renovation project is a significant investment in the well-being and health of South Monterey County residents, transforming the ED and Diagnostic Imaging departments into modern, efficient, and comfortable medical facilities, elevating the standard of healthcare delivery, and enhancing the quality of patient care for many years to come, all right at your doorstep.

If you would like to track our progress as we move through all four stages of this renovation, please follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter on the Mee Memorial website

We look forward to updating you on our progress as we continually work to provide the South Monterey County community with quality care close to home.

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