Health

Hazel Hawkins Hospital to Host Community Open House for New Women’s Center

The delivery date for the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Women’s Center is quickly approaching. The community is invited to an open house Saturday, October 12 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at 911 Sunset Drive, Hollister.

The delivery date for the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Women’s Center is quickly approaching. The community is invited to an open house Saturday, October 12 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at 911 Sunset Drive, Hollister. The event will feature an opportunity to meet obstetrical physicians and nursing staff as well as for facility tours, giveaways, free health screenings and a face painter and balloon artist for children.

The three-story Women’s Center will house childbirth services and women’s medical diagnostic services.
The 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility features a beautiful two-story atrium lobby, families will be admitted to one of 13 private, modern Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum rooms (LDRPs). These rooms are designed with hotel-like amenities for families to enjoy the birth of a new child and remain in the same home-like environment for the duration of their stay. Each room has a private bathroom and furnishings designed for the family to remain with mom and baby.

The Center will be equipped with a full service operating theater should a cesarean section be necessary. A state-of-the-art operating room will meet the highest standard of care.

Two nurses stations will allow staff to be readily available and to monitor all activity on the unit. A newborn nursery is available if needed. This unit is designed to be the facility of choice for mother-baby care in the region.
The second floor will house the McCullough Resource Library, physician resting rooms and a high tech Women’s Diagnostic Center with mammography, 3D & 4D ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, echocardiography and bone density testing services.

Construction of the Women’s Center is majority funded by Measure L, a property bond passed by San Benito County voters in 2005. Fundraising continues to help finance equipment and other amenities for the Center.

Serving our community since 1907, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is a 49-bed acute care facility offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient services and diagnostic procedures. Our medical staff is made up of over 100 physicians representing 30 fields of medicine. For more than 100 years, we’ve been the hub of health for San Benito County, sharing a tradition of high-quality compassionate care bolstered by state-of-art innovation.

Kristina Chavez Wyatt

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.