ⓘ Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed acute-care teaching hospital located in Salinas, California. The hospital is owned and operated by Monterey County and the ..


ⓘ Natividad Medical Center

Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed acute-care teaching hospital located in Salinas, California. The hospital is owned and operated by Monterey County and the hospitals emergency department receives approximately 52.000 visits per year.

As the safety-net hospital providing healthcare to the residents of Monterey County for over 134 years, Natividad provides healthcare access to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital operates with a medical staff of over 300 physicians and has several specialty clinics and outpatient primary care clinics operated by the Monterey County Health Department.;

Natividad Medical Center is a Level II Trauma Center providing the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment, and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries.

Natividad is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast, through its affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco UCSF. Recognized nationally and internationally as a model program, Natividads Family Medicine Residency Program is postgraduate training for physicians specializing in family medicine. About 1/3 of the graduates remain on the central coast to establish a practice.

Natividad is governed by a Board of Trustees, under the guidance of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

Natividad is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive bariatric surgery center. Natividad Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission. In 2015, the hospital was formally designated as a level II trauma center.


1. Highlights

  • Safety net hospitals like Natividad make up only 21 of Californias more than 450 hospitals and health care systems, provide 40% of all hospital care for Californias uninsured, and train more than half of all new doctors in the state.
  • Natividad specializes in family medicine offering comprehensive primary care and obstetrics, minor outpatient surgical procedures, vaccinations, well-child and adult care, physical exams, and referrals to specialty services.
  • Natividad has more than 52.000 Emergency Department visits each year, one-third of which are children.
  • The D’Arrigo Family Specialty Services offers a wide range of specialty care including: audiology, cardiology, colon rectal surgery, dermatology, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology/oncology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, OB/GYN, orthopedics, pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonary, sports medicine, trauma services, urology, and vascular thoracic surgery.
  • Natividads comprehensive womens health program delivers more than 2.200 newborns each year. It is a model birthing program, tailored to the individual needs of all women, including vaginal birth after cesarean section VBAC.
  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children Hospital has a Level III designation from the California Department of Health, meets the strictest criteria, and is staffed and equipped to care for critically ill infants.
  • The Sam Karas Acute Rehabilitation Center at Natividad offers the highest quality and most comprehensive level of rehabilitation health care for patients, aiming to promote independence and lessen the dependence on families and social care.
  • Natividads Level II Trauma Center is a vital local community service that saves lives and eliminates the need to fly critically injured patients to a distant trauma center.
  • Natividad houses the Sally P. Archer Child Advocacy Center & Bates-Eldredge Clinic, Monterey County’s only child maltreatment clinic. Professionals at the Center provide developmentally sensitive and legally sound child forensic interviews and forensic medical examinations to assist in the investigation and criminal prosecution of child abuse cases.
  • Natividads bariatric weight loss program is equipped with the latest technology in weight loss surgery and is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons MBSAQIP.
  • The Diabetes Education Center offers outpatient services to children and adults with diabetes Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, and pre-diabetes. Outpatient services include individual counseling and education, group counseling and education, community presentations and outreach.
  • Natividad offers the NIDO Natividad Immunology Division Outpatient Clinic, a comprehensive disease and HIV/AIDS clinic which provides primary care, HIV testing and counseling, laboratory, case management, health education, behavioral health, and outreach services.
  • Inpatient and outpatient surgical services are provided by highly skilled surgeons and nursing staff in upgraded and modern operating suites. State-of-the-art laparoscopic surgeries available include: bariatric surgery, colon and rectal surgery, kidney surgery, Nissen fundoplication, cryoablation renal tumor, and Heller myotomy.

2. Graduate medical education

Natividad operates a residency program to train recently graduated physicians in family medicine. The residency is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco.

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