Medical Resources

Medical Resources

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This page lists categories of medical services. Click on a category to go to that section which has outside web links with a short synopsis of what the resource offers. The links will be to local, state, or national services.




Government Links



Administration on Aging

The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Federal agency under the Department of Health & Human Services. A great site to begin research on disease & health. Acute bulletins as well as data from the past.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Part of the federal Department of Health & Human Services, CMS is responsible for all decisions concerning Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California).

Need to find a physician, supplier, or practitioner who accepts Medicare?  Download this sheet for information on where to find the "Medicare Participating Physician Directory" (MEDPARD).  MEDPARD database sheet

 HIPAA information

Federal Office of Civil Rights, which has jurisdiction of compliance with HIPAA. Excellent web site within the Department of Health & Human Services which answers questions of compliance with HIPAA.

Long Term Care

The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information website is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This website provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs. We want to help you understand what long-term care is, how and where you can get information and services you need, now or in the future, and how to pay for services.

 Medical Board of California

For Medical Doctors (MD). The mission of the Medical Board of California is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professions and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.

Check a physician’s license status on the Department of Consumer Affairs’ website.

Osteopathic Medical Board of California

For Osteopathic Doctors (DO). To protect consumers and promote the highest professional standards in the practice of osteopathic medicine, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California licenses osteopathic physicians and surgeons.

The board investigates consumer complaints and uses its enforcement power to ensure practitioners abide by the provisions of the state Business and Professions Code/Medical Practice Act.

To maintain their license, practitioners must successfully complete rigorous, periodic continuing education requirements that meet the standards of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Check a physician’s license status on the Department of Consumer Affairs’ website.


Health Information Links



Health in Aging offers up-to-date information for consumers on health and aging. Created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA). Overseen by a team of experts on caring for older adults, content is based on resources that the American Geriatrics Society developed for its professional members.

Access Options, Inc.

Access Options is a Watsonville-based firm specializing in vehicle modifications for people with disabilities. The company designs systems to provide wheelchair access to vans and other vehicles, including hand controls, transfer seats, wheelchair and stairway lifts, ramp systems and vertical lift devices. For more information visit their website or phone 831-722-6804.

American Academy of Clinical Toxicology

The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) is a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary organization uniting scientists and clinicians in the advancement of research, education, prevention and treatment of diseases caused by chemicals, drugs and toxins. The AACT was established to:

  • Promote the study of health effects of poisons on humans and animals.
  • Unite into one group scientists and clinicians whose research, clinical, and academic experience focus on clinical toxicology.
  • Foster a better understanding of the principles and practice of clinical toxicology.
  • Encourage development of new therapies and treatment in clinical toxicology.
  • Facilitate information exchange among individual members and organizations interested in clinical toxicology.
  • Define the position of clinical toxicologists on toxicology-related issues.

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Patients and the general public can browse our featured health information created by our member physicians, and learn about the history of caring for ailments of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck.

American College of Medical Toxicology

 This is a web site for and about physicians who treat poisoned patients. There is patient help and general toxicology information available.

California Hepatitis C Task Force

We the founders, associates, delegates and members of the CAHCVTF believe and encourage the following basic principles to hold true in the fight to prevent, identify,control, educate, provide support, treat and enable a cure for Hepatitis C for all California residents.

County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency

Tons of information about health and health care within the county of Santa Cruz.

Dialysis Clinic Information

 This site is for dialysis patients and others who want to learn about the quality of care at individual dialysis clinics. Among other things, you can learn how often patients treated at a facility have been hospitalized, report certain types of infections or are placed on the transplant list. The information is submitted by facilities and collected by contractors of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the federal agency that oversees most dialysis care.  The web page was created by and is maintained by Pro Publica, an independent nonprofit newsroom which obtained the information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. View their web site at Pro Publica.

File of Life

If the paramedics are called to assist you or a loved one, will they be able to find the information they need to save your life? The main component of the FILE OF LIFE is a card which enables medics to obtain a quick medical history when the patient is unable or too stressed to offer one.

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program

HICAP provides assistance with Medicare and other health plans. The local program is housed by the Senior Network Services. Call 831-462-5510 for help.

Network of Care for Aging in Santa Cruz County

Network of Care was created with a California Department of Aging innovation grant. The project is part of a broad effort by our county to improve and better coordinate long-term care services locally.

This comprehensive, Internet-based resource is for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as their caregivers and service providers.

Northern California Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association operates a Helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages. Their staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimers disease. You can also call us for emotional support as often as you need. We know that living with Alzheimers can be overwhelming at times. Remember, we are here for you all day, every day.

Online Helpline: Receive information and help quickly. Fill out the online form and they will contact you as soon as possible.

Santa Cruz County End-of-Life Coalition

The Coalition is a grass-roots organization made up of volunteers committed to raising public awareness of the issues at the end of life. They believe that knowing more about the options for end-of-life care, whether it be in a hospital, nursing facility or at home, will improve the quality of living, and better prepare the person for this important stage of life.

An integral part of the Coalition program is educating the community about the importance of advance care planning and completing an Advance Directive for Health Care. The Make Your Wishes Known Initiative is dedicated to this end.

Senior Network Services

Linking seniors with services and providing senior citizens and persons with disabilities with information, guidance and assistance in coordinating existing resources to promote independence and the highest quality of life within the county of Santa Cruz.

Tobacco Education Program

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency staffs the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition, an advocacy group that promotes a tobacco-free lifestyle and environment. The Coalition was formed in 1985 and is currently funded by Proposition 99, the sales tax on cigarettes. The Coalition consists of community organizations as well as concerned grandparents, ex-smokers, and people who have lost a loved one to smoking.



 Local Medical Facilities & Groups

Links - facilities


Dominican Hospital

Acute care hospital in Santa Cruz city.

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center

Delivery and surgery center in Santa Cruz with overnight capability. No emergency room.

Watsonville Community Hospital

Acute care hospital in Watsonville.



Links - groups


County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency

There are various financial assistance programs available to assist people who are in need of medical services and cannot afford to pay for them. To receive most health benefits you must apply and be certified eligible.

Dignity Health Medical Group

DHMG believes in being an extension of our patients and giving them a voice in one of the most important decisions of their lives: their own health care.  We are committed to keeping health care local, with complete access to primary and specialist care, as well as state-of-the-art medical technology through Dominican Hospital. Formerly known as "Dominican Medical Group”.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz

This is a Sutter Health Affiliate. The physicians of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Camino Medical Group and Santa Cruz Medical Clinic merged into a single group. Eventually, the merger will allow patients from all three groups to receive care from any PAMF facility. Formerly the Santa Cruz Medical Clinic/Foundation.

Physicians Medical Group (PMG)

PMG seeks to provide you with the best care possible through a network of physicians dedicated to clinical excellence and teamwork. Our convenient locations provide PMG patients with the benefits of personal care characteristic of small, private medical practices, without foregoing the benefits of a large physician network.



Medical Organizations



American Medical Association

Resources for patients.

California HealthCare Foundation

CHCF is a nonprofit grantmaking philanthropy based in Oakland, California. Founded in 1996, the staff of about 50 people issues around $40 million in grants each year from an endowment of $700 million. CHCF does not participate in lobbying or fundraising.

California Medical Association

Resources for physicians and patients.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente nor Kaiser Industries

A leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.

We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge—from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.