Monterey County Core Metrics

The Vital Signs Core Metrics report describes that health care services are not the only or even the most important determinant of population health, but their quality matters to individuals and families, and influences both the outcomes and costs of care. The system has compelling needs for improvement. Indicators that help track progress towards improvement are included in the Care Quality domain.

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Care Quality

Childhood Immunization

The percent of children in kindergarten who have received all required immunizations is higher in Monterey County (94.7%) compared to California (92.8%). 


Technical Notes

Childhood immunization was calculated using the results from the Kindergarten Assessment, 2015-2015. All required immunizations was defined as: 4 or more doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (4+ DTP); 3+ Polio; 2+ Measles, Mumps, and Rubella; 3+ Hepatitis B; and 1+ Varicella or physician-documented varicella disease. 

Preventable Hospitalization


Preventable Hospitalization by Race



Technical Notes

Preventable hospitalizations were documented in the Dartmouth Atlas, 2013. Preventable hospitalizations were defined as the hospital discharge rate for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 fee-for-service Medicare enrollees. 

Hospital-Acquired Infection Rate

The standardized infection ratio indicates if there are greater or fewer numbers of infections than expected. The standardized infection ratios for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections presented here indicate that the presence of infections is statistically significantly lower compared to expected.  

The standardized infection ratio indicates if there are greater or fewer numbers of infections than expected. The standardized infection ratios for Clostridium Difficile Diarrheal Infections presented here indicate that the presence of infections is statistically significantly lower in the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and in the George L. Mee Memorial Hospital. The presence of infections in Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital is not statistically significantly different compared to expected.  

The standardized infection ratio indicates if there are greater or fewer numbers of infections than expected. The standardized infection ratios for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bloodstream Infections presented here indicate that there is no statistically significant difference in infections as compared to expected.  

Technical Notes

Standardized infection ratios were calculated by the California Department of Public Health and presented in the Healthcare-Associated Infections in California Hospitals Annual Report, January - December 2014. 

Patient-Clinician Communication Satisfaction

Technical Notes

Data presented are from the 2015 Off-Season Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey, Central California Alliance for Health.  

Getting Needed Care

Technical Notes

Data presented are from the 2015 Off-Season Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey, Central California Alliance for Health.