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Community Hospital awarded ‘A’ for patient safety

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula was honored for the second time this year with an “A” — the top grade — in the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of leading experts on patient safety and is administered by the Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

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Monterey, Seaside Announce Plan to Offer On-Scene Financial Aid to Fire and Disaster Victims

Department and union officials from Monterey and Seaside Fire Departments and their firefighters announced today they have joined forces with the non-profit California Fire Foundation to provide urgent aid for victims of catastrophic fire and disaster.  Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) provides families that suffer a significant loss in a fire or disaster on-the-spot assistance from fire department incident commanders to help them get through those chaotic first hours following a significant property loss.

Monterey and Seaside are among 30 departments around the state that are implementing SAVE. Funding comes from the Foundation, whose contributors largely consist of firefighters themselves. Additional corporate support comes from Chevron.  


Veterans Day events around the Central Coast

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All events take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11 unless otherwise specified.

Salinas:  4th Annual Monterey County Veterans’ Day Parade, Oldtown. Starts near Salinas High School on Main Street at 2:00pm

Salinas: Ceremony at the  Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, off of East Laurel Drive, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Vietnam vets will he honored, along with returning vets from Iraq and  Afghanistan.

Monterey:  YMCA Veterans’ Day Camp, runs Nov. 10-11 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for grades K-8. Locations are at the Monterey YMCA as well as the Salinas YMCA. To register, call 758-3811

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

Vets and Active-Military members get free meal on Veteran's Day

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11th, for the sixth year in a row, Applebee’s will offer veterans and active duty military a free entrée as a thank you for their service.

Participating Applebee's wants to thank every veteran and active duty military in the U.S. by offering a free meal on Veteran’s Day.
The restaurant chain will also give away life-improving items to military families via the Give Squad which will be extended to families of veterans and active duty military, providing needed items such as washers and dryers, medical equipment, etc. 

Participants can chose from a limited entrée menu:
7 oz. House Sirloin
Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken & Sun Dried Tomato Penne
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Oriental Chicken Salad

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Santa Cruz County 911 dispatchers will begin asking Ebola-related questions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Ebola precautions are getting more serious in Santa Cruz County, as public health officials take steps to protect the Central Coast. Next week 911 dispatchers will start asking callers if they've recently traveled to one of three "hot zones" currently dealing with an outbreak.

Santa Cruz Regional 911 said Monday it will start asking questions after units have been dispatched to figure out whether the person is at risk of having Ebola. That way, paramedics will be prepared before they show up to the emergency room.

"The paramedic will question the patient about travel history and whether or not the person is suffering from one of the symptoms of Ebola," said Celia Barry with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Services.

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

Highway patrol seeks witnesses to 183 accident

CASTROVILLE, Calif. - A major accident that left 6 with serious injuries continues to be investigated by the California Highway Patrol. Almost a month later, 3 persons remain in the hospital from this accident.

On October 12, at 2:45 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a call of a vehicle collision on SR-183 near Castroville. Upon arrival, they found a head-on collision with major injuries.

The victims in the hospital remain in the intensive care unit, including a 16 year old female from Watsonville.

The driver of one vehicle, 22 year old, Pedro Alonzo-Rodriguez of Salinas, was determined by officers at the scene to be under the influence of alcohol and was placed under arrest for felony DUI.

The CHP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating witnesses to this collision.

Seaside police investigating daytime robbery at jewelry store

SEASIDE, Calif. - Seaside police are investigating a brazen daytime robbery that occurred this week at a jewelry store.

Police say just after 11 a.m. Monday, three masked men entered a store on Fremont Boulevard, one of them armed with a handgun.

The armed man approached the store owner and demanded he show his hands.

When the owner refused, the suspect pistol-whipped him. But the store clerk kept his resolve and threw an object at the suspect, striking him in the face.

The three suspects then fled from the store on foot, heading north on Fremont Blvd. and then east through a breezeway onto Virgina Street.

The suspects were described as Hispanic men in their early 20s. The victim suffered a head injury and was treated at the scene and released.

Seaside police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them at one of the following numbers: