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.

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. If you are a reporter needing after-hours media assistance about an urgent matter, please contact a Scripps media relations professional by calling 858-678-7118.

Media relations team members and beats

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:

  • Behavioral/Mental Health
  • Cancer
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Organ Transplant
  • Orthopedics
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego and Chula Vista campuses)
  • Sports Medicine
  • Workforce

Keith Darce

Public Relations Manager

Phone: 858-678-7121



Beat areas:

  • Cardiology
  • Emergency/Trauma Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Leonel Sanchez

Public Relations Specialist

Phone: 858-678-6508



Beat areas:

  • Community Benefit
  • Dermatology/Plastic Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Executive Health/Concierge
  • Infection Control
  • Ophthalmology
  • Philanthropy
  • Primary Care
  • Scripps Green Hospital
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
  • Sleep
  • Weight Management/Bariatric Medicine
  • Women and Newborn

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