Health & Wellness
 

 

 

The Monterey Bay Region boasts some of the finest medical facilities in the world, including the Palo Alto Medical FoundationCommunity Hospital of Monterey PeninsulaDignity Health/Dominican Hospital and Natividad Medical Center.  There are numerous low cost medical clinics serving the community as well. The Central Coast Health Connect provides patients and physicians a platform to safely, instantly access medical records and information.


An increased interest in the Health and Wellness industry cannot be ignored. The public has been looking for ways to feel better, become rejuvenated, and stay healthy and fit. The Monterey Bay Region has already been part of that movement for years. Centers for physical and mental well-being, like Esalen institute in Big Sur, Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley and others, all cater to the needs of those searching for a more natural answer to health.

The Monterey Bay Region is also home to the organic food industry, having the oldest organic agriculture program in the country at UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and large organic food companies like Earthbound FarmsSwanton Berry Farms, and vibrant farmers’ markets in every city.  From this ethos, many vitamin and supplemental food products companies have taken root, including Threshold EnterprisesSunOpta and Rainbow Light.
 


 
Hospitals in the Tri-County 

The Hospital Council of Norther & Central California has provided a detailed look on the economic Impact of Monterey Bay Region hospitals with the report: Economic Impact Analysis Monterey Bay Region Hospitals.

Dive deeper into facts about Hospitals in our Region
For more detailed information about each hospital, The California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) website provides multiple data sets which can be found here:

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Interactive Map: Click on the map markers below to view quick facts about each hospital.

 
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Geomapping of Healthcare & Social Services employment

  • Click on the image below to go to MBEP's Regional Geomapping tool to see an interactive detailed look at healthcare and social services employment in the region.
 

 
Industry Employment
 
  • Employment in the Educational & Health Service industry in 2014:
    • Monterey County: 18,500
    • Santa Cruz County: 16,800
    • San Benito County: 1,200
  • Growth in Educational & Health Service employment since 2000:
    • Monterey County: 52.9% (12,100 in 2000 to 18,500 in 2014)
    • Santa Cruz County: 54.1% (10,900 in 2000 to 16,800 in 2014)
    • San Benito County: 50% (800 in 2000 to 1,200 in 2014)

Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Employment by Industry Data.

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  • In Monterey County, 10% of all Industry employment was in the Educational & Health Service Industry in 2014, below the state average of 15%
  • In Santa Cruz County, 16% of all industry employment was in the Eductional  Health Service Industry in 2014, above the state average of 15%
  • In San Benito County, 7.5% of all industry employment was in the Educational & Health Service Industry in 2014.
Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Employment by Industry Data

 
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Industry Employment Comparisons

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Industry Employment Projections 2012-2022

  • Employment growth in Educational & Health services is projected to thrive through 2022
  • In Monterey County, employment in Educational & Health services will grow 30% from 2012 to 2022, outpacing total industry growth of 18% during the same period
  • In Santa Cruz County, employment in Educational & Health services will grow 20% from 2012 to 2022, outpacing total industry growth of 12% during the same period
Source(s): State of California Employment Development Department - Employment Projections
 
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Major Occupational Group Mean Annual Wages

 
  • The mean overall annual wages for Monterey County is $42,952, nearly 20% less than the California average of $53,569
  • The Santa Cruz County mean annual wage is at $48,983, which is 8.5% less than the California average
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupational group in Monterey County are among the highest paying jobs, with an mean annual wage of $89,800 in 2014
  • Santa Cruz County is higher than Monterey County with an mean annual wage of $96,400 for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupational group
  • Monterey County trails the state mean annual wage for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupation group of $92,300 in 2014, while Santa Cruz County is higher at $96,4000.
Source(s): California Employment Development Department, Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey Results 

Note: In the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, San Benito County is part of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA and therefore not included in the graph below.
 
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Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations Wages

Source(s): California Employment Development Department, Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey Results 

Note: In the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, San Benito County is part of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA and therefore not included in the graph below.
 
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Healthcare Support Occupations Wages/a>
Source(s): California Employment Development Department, Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey Results 

Note: In the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey, San Benito County is part of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA and therefore not included in the graph below.  

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Hospital Comparisons

  • The 8 hospitals in the Tri-County region had a total combined gross patient revenue totaling over $5.6b in 2013
  • The Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital led all hospitals in the Tri-County region for gross patient revenue at $1.4b in 2013, or almost 25% of the combined total from all 8 hospitals
Source(s): The California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) Hospital Profiles Reports
 
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Hospital Patient Discharge Composition

Source(s): The California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) Hospital Profiles Reports
 
 
 
 


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