Health & Wellness


Health & Wellness: Overview

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 HospitalSalinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Natividad Medical Center.  There are numerous low cost medical clinics serving the community as well. 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, San Benito Health Foundation 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 Awesome OrganicsNordic NaturalsRainbow LightSanta Cruz Nutritionals, and SunOpta Threshold Enterprises.

Recreation & Sports: Overview

The Monterey Bay region has always been a hotbed of creative recreation and sports companies, having defined surfing, mountain biking, skate boarding, kite boarding, and being the home to some of the most impressive golf courses in the world.  Companies like O’NeillSanta Cruz BikesFOX Shocks and West Marine have defined their categories and delivered groundbreaking products.  And Pebble BeachSpyglassCypress Point, and Pasatiempo are on every golfer’s bucket list for courses to play in one’s lifetime.

Sports and recreation companies are created in the Monterey Bay Region because we drive innovation around each activity:  creating surfing and then surf boards, riding bikes in the nearby mountains and then perfecting the mountain bike, being active marine boaters and fishermen and understanding what products work best in a tough marine environment.  If you have a passion in sport or recreation, you can create it here!


Health & Wellness Data Tracker

Our Health & Wellness Tool is an interactive dashboard that showcases key indicators for an in-depth look into the health industry and the community health of the region.

Click here or the image below to begin your dashboard experience. Please note: You can scroll over each graph and click on the “gear” icon to delve further into the data. Dashboard may take a moment to load.


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.


Healthcare Atlas

The Hospital Council of Northern & 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 Health Care in our Region
For more detailed information about health care in our Region, click the “See the stats” links below to visit the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) website:

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County Health Rankings

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a very informative website, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which includes data on:
  • Length of Life
  • Quality of Life
  • Health Behaviors
  • Clinical Care
  • Social & Economic Factors
  • Physical Environment
Please click on the links below to view health outcomes and health factors for our Monterey Bay Region:

Hospitals in the Tri-County

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.


# Hospital (click to view details) County Hospital website

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