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The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is conveniently located to serve Carmel by the Sea and the rest of the Monterey Peninsula. Whether you are in need of urgent care in Carmel CA or specialized treatments, CHOMP can meet your needs. For over the counter medicines, find pharmacies nearby, including one within walking distance in the village of Carmel. Click on the tabs below for more details.
Whether you are visiting Carmel by-the-Sea or you are fortunate enough to live here, you will find excellent medical facilities in the area. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is within 10 minutes of downtown Carmel. There is a local, family owned pharmacy right on Ocean Avenue in Carmel for minor needs or to get prescriptions filled. Or CVS Pharmacy is located in the Crossroads Shopping Center.
You never know when you may need some form of medical care, so it’s always good to know where to find urgent care.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is fondly called CHOMP Hospital. For the past two years the employees of CHOMP Monterey have voted the hospital the best place to work in Monterey County. That’s important to you because when you need hospital care you want a hospital where the employees care about where they work.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has 258 licensed hospital beds and 28 skilled nursing beds. In addition to the main hospital, CHOMP Monterey includes outpatient facilities, a mental health clinic, satellite laboratories, Hospice of the Central Coast, a short term nursing facility, and their business offices.
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula History
CHOMP Monterey was founded in 1934 as a 30-bed general community hospital and was named Peninsula Community Hospital. In the 1950’s Samuel F.B. Morse donated 22 prime, pine filled acres in the Del Monte Forest for a new hospital site. On June 28, 1962 the new Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula officially opened. It was a 100 bed, 210,000 square foot facility and the only community hospital in the country to offer all private rooms. The magnificent new facility, designed by world famous architect Edward Durell Stone, has won state and national awards for architectural excellence.
In 1971 CHOMP Monterey added a dome over the Fountain Court, and 72 more rooms that included a mental health facility. In 1983 42,000 more square feet are added to the main building, providing outpatient facilities, educational rooms and business offices. In 1988 a new Outpatient Surgery Center opened. The Outpatient Surgery Center now handles more than half of all the surgeries at Community Hospital. In 1991 the hospital expanded the Rehabilitation Services department. In 1996 the Family Birth Center was opened, providing single room maternity care to the Monterey Peninsula. In 1997, the remodeled downtown Monterey facility, the Hartnell Professional Center, is set to offer outpatient mental health services, the Recovery Center, the Clint Eastwood Youth Program, the Cardiopulmonary Wellness Program and diagnostics, the Blood Center, a satellite laboratory, and and x-ray facility. The hospital also acquired a skilled nursing facility at Hospice House in Monterey, and Hospice House of the Central Coast. In 1999 Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula opened the Comprehensive Cancer Center, providing diagnosis, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families. IN 2002 Community Hospital opened a new Breast Care Center on Cass Street in Monterey. In 2003 the hospital added 316 underground parking spaces at the main hospital. In 2004, the hospital laid out site plans to add the Forest Pavilion which include 120 more beds, and the South Pavilion which adds another 135,000 square feet and centralized the critical care department and related services.
In 2004 the Community Hospital opened the Ryan Ranch Outpatient Campus, which includes a Sleep Disorders Center, a Diabetes and Nutrition Therapy program, the Community Imaging Center, another satellite laboratory, the Community Health and Hospice Resource Center, doctor’s offices, and administrative offices.
The opening of the South Pavilion in 2006 also added 8 new operating units and a state-of-the-art ICU. The planned Forest Pavilion opened in 2007. It offers 120 rooms with private bathrooms and showers, daybeds for family, and views of the pine forest. 2007 also saw the opening of the Tyler Heart Institute creating the first time that open heart surgeries were performed on the Monterey Peninsula. In 2009 renovations expanded the radiology department, added two new cardiac cath labs, and a meditation room. Community Hospital also became certified by the Joint Commission as a certified stroke center. And the Comprehensive Cancer Center was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for its scope of cancer care. In October of 2009, the Peninsula Primary Care office opened in Carmel.
In 2011 CHOMP Monterey opened the Marina campus which included the Peninsula Wellness Center, a second location of Peninsula Primary Care, Cardiopulmonary Wellness, outpatient Rehabilitation Services, a lab and X-ray services, and the Monterey Bay Urgent Care.
In 2014 Community Hospital opened an Inpatient Rehabilition Unit, providing rehabilitation services for individuals who have had severe illness or injury that resulted in major functional decline.
Directions: To get there from Carmel, go east on Ocean Avenue, then turn left (North) on Highway 1. Take the first exit, which is Exit 399A toward Pacific Grove and follow 68 East for about a half mile. Look for the signs for the hospital on your right and turn right into the entrance. If you have an emergency, you can take another right and drive down into the parking garage for the emergency entrance.
We have been patients at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and visited friends who have been patients. We feel blessed to have such an amazing medical facility available to us.
Address: 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey CA 93940
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Carmel Drug Store – Founded in 1910, family owned Carmel Drug Store is located on the north side of Ocean Avenue between San Carlos and Dolores. Just look for the green awning.
We have patronized Carmel Drug Store since we moved here in 2008 and we love the customer service, the quaint old-style drug store, and the amazing array of knick-knacks we can find there. It’s a great place to get a prescription filled and perfect for any over the counter needs you may have. Best of all, it’s within walking distance of any place in the Village of Carmel. Did you forget to pack some small item? Give Carmel Drug Store a try!
Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 10pm Call ahead for pharmacy hours.