A security guard stops vehicles before they enter Mee Memorial Hospital’s parking lot in King City as part of the COVID-19 screening process. (Photo by Sean Roney)

KING CITY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has received a $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

The grant — from the foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund — is designated for emergency medical funding, allowing Mee Memorial to direct where it will help most in coping with coronavirus in South Monterey County. The money must be spent by Feb. 25, 2021.

“We are so grateful to the Community Foundation for Monterey County and its supporters,” said Rena Salamacha, interim CEO of Mee Memorial Healthcare System. “This is a significant boost for us, and it’s going to make a meaningful difference to people’s health in South County.”

Salamacha added, “The grant money will be used to purchase an ultrasound for use in our emergency department during the COVID-19 outbreak.”

Mee Memorial, a not-for-profit community hospital, is open for standard healthcare services during the outbreak. The hospital serves residents of South Monterey County with its 73-bed facility in King City, in addition to medical clinics in both King City and Greenfield.

“We have our patients, staff and community in mind at all times as this situation evolves daily,” Salamacha said. “We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe, all the while continuing to provide high-quality care.”

In addition to regular visits, Mee Memorial offers telephone and virtual clinic visits for patients so they can obtain medical help without the need to leave their homes. Patients can call either the King City Clinic at 831-385-7100 or the Greenfield Medical Clinic at 831-674-0112 to schedule an appointment.

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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