Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Natividad Foundation

Mission

Natividad Foundation brings people together to strengthen Natividad and create a healthier community. Together with our partners, we help Natividad provide high-quality health care and trauma services for everyone in Monterey County, including the vulnerable.

The Big Idea

Donors help Natividad Foundation create a healthier community by supporting innovative programs and high-quality care at Natividad. Natividad’s Trauma Center is in its fourth year of operations and provides life-saving services to more than 1,300 critically injured patients each year. Natividad operates Monterey County’s only accredited Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, giving the tiniest and most fragile babies the best start in life. Through its UCSF-accredited Family Medicine Residency Training Program, Natividad is distinguished as the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast.

Natividad believes in the important role family takes in the healing process and provides family-oriented services to keep women, men, children and families united throughout recovery after hospitalization. Medical equipment purchased by the Foundation and support for Natividad’s programs make these local, vital and exceptional services available to all.

Together, donors and Natividad Foundation can continue transforming lives and creating a healthier community in Monterey County.

My daughter Mae arrived four weeks early and could barely breathe when she was born. She was intubated with a tube in her trachea right away, but her condition was critical. One of the valves in her lungs that normally closes wasn’t closing, which made her lungs heavy and unable to do what they needed to do. The pediatrician on call that night knew she would need long-term intubation, and our hospital wasn’t able to provide the level of care she needed. A transporter team from Natividad’s Level III NICU arrived that night and took Mae and her dad by ambulance. We’re incredibly grateful to Natividad for taking care of Mae for 10 days and for providing the specialized care she needed close to home. Today, she’s a healthy 2-year-old who loves playing with her three big sisters and pet bunnies.

- Katie Fikes, Prunedale, CA