Public Relations Contacts

Scripps Health Media and Community Relations Teams

Scripps’ marketing and communications department is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. For media relations or community relations assistance during normal business hours, please contact the appropriate representative from the list below.

Media relations team members and beats

In addition to regular business hours, a media relations professional is on call to assist with media inquiries after business hours and on weekends and holidays. For after-hours media assistance with urgent matters, reporters may contact a Scripps media relations professional by calling 858-678-7118.

Janice Collins

Senior Director of Public Relations

Phone: 858-678-7486



Beat areas:

  • Advocacy / Industry Issues
  • Crisis Communications
  • Finance Issues
  • Informational Technology
  • Legal Issues
  • Physician Alignment

Steve Carpowich

Public Relations Manager

Phone: 858-678-7183



Beat areas:

  • Cancer, including Proton Therapy
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
  • Scripps Green Hospital
  • Palliative Care
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Organ Transplant

Keith Darce

Public Relations Manager

Phone: 858-678-7121



Beat areas:

  • Digital Health
  • Heart
  • Industry
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
  • Sleep

Leonel Sanchez

Public Relations Specialist

Phone: 858-678-6508



Beat areas:

  • Community Benefit
  • Executive Health/Concierge
  • Philanthropy
  • Primary Care
  • Marketing Partnerships
  • Scripps Clinic/Scripps Coastal Medical Center
  • Workforce

Kristin Reinhardt

Public Relations Manager

Phone: 619-686-3787



Beat areas:

  • Behavioral/Mental Health
  • Dermatology/Plastic Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Emergency Trauma
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infection Control
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital
  • Weight Management/Bariatrics
  • Women and Newborns

Community relations team members

Janice Collins
Senior Director of Public Relations
Phone: 858-678-7486

Monica Montano
Director, Community Relations, Central and South San Diego County
Phone: 619-691-7321

Amber Ter-Vrugt
Director, Community Relations, North County
Phone: 858-678-6202