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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster and Maria the Magellanic Penguin

Mayor Foster and Maria the Magellanic Penguin from the Aquarium of the Pacific recently spent the day together exploring the City of Long Beach.

Many thanks to Grounds Bakery and Cafe, the Ronald McDonald House and the Miller Children’s Hospital for helping with this fun project.

Where should Maria go next?

 

 

 

©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Ronald McDonald House: Walk for Kids!

As the saying goes, “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.”

Our cat Noah was pretty sick recently. Thankfully he is much better now. It’s because of Noah that I had to stay at home and did nothing but fundraise for the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House Walk. In fact, Noah and I became the top fundraisers for the walk!

Me and Bob at the 2012 Walk for Kids.

Bob and I are devoted to the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. The Long Beach Ronald McDonald House serves as a “home-away-from-home” for families of children undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses at nearby hospitals and medical facilities, including Miller Children’s Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides inexpensive, and often free, lodging for families who often travel long distances (sometimes from out of state) to obtain specialized medical care for their children. The Long Beach Ronald McDonald House opened in December 2011. I currently serve as a board trustee, chair to the Advisory Board and I’m the assistant chair for the 2012 Walk for Kids.

 

The 2012 Walk for Kids benefiting the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House was a great success. We had a goal of raising $150,000 and to this day, we raised almost $200,000. There were more than 2,000 walkers in Shoreline Park! It was a great day for a wonderful cause. And the walk proved that Noah and I make a great fundraising team!

Me and Bob with Cheri Bazley, the executive director of the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House.

©2010 Bob Foster
2012 Tour of Long Beach: Mayor Bikes to Work

 

In celebration of the upcoming 2012 Tour of Long Beach and BikeFest, Mayor Foster and Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz participated in a bike to work day.

The Tour of Long Beach is Saturday, May 5. The Tour invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile or 62-mile open course along bike paths throughout the City, or the 4-mile Family Fun Ride, or the newly added 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo ride. Proceeds from the Tour of Long Beach will benefit Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Registration is still open for this year’s Tour of Long Beach. For more information on the Tour of Long Beach, visit www.bikefestlb.com.

The Mayor and others met up on 2nd St. in Belmont Shore before the bicycle ride.

(Left to right) Charlie Gandy, Don Snyder from the Port of Long Beach, Mayor Foster and Tony Cruz.

 

From Belmont Shore, the group took the beach bike path to go past the Belmont Pier.

 

(Left to right) Mayor Foster, Ben Alvarado from Wells Fargo and Tony Cruz.

 

Approaching City Hall.

 
 

(Left to right) Blair Cohn from the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, Tony Cruz, Gisele LeCou-Deckner from Miller Children's Hospital and Mayor Foster.

Thanks to all of the partipants for today's Bike to Work with the Mayor.

©2010 Bob Foster
Kicking off the 2012 Tour of Long Beach

Mayor Foster joined representatives from the Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz, Wells Fargo as well as patients and families of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center for the annual tricycle race to help kick off the 2012 Tour of Long Beach.

Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador/Tour of Long Beach co-founder Tony Cruz gets a tune-up for his ride from Jax Bicycles.

 

(left to right) Dr. Jerry Finklestein; Dr. Theodore Zwerdling; Mayor Foster; Dr. Amanda Termuhlen, medical director for Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center; and Ben Alvarado, Wells Fargo.

Mayor Foster calls out the tricycle race.

 

 

 

 

 

©2010 Bob Foster
$2.8M Grant Creates 363 New Healthcare Jobs, Funds Training for 400 Workers in Long Beach Area

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 13, 2012 – Pacific Gateway, the region’s workforce development agency, has been awarded $2,816,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor to upgrade skills, certifications and training needs in the healthcare sector. This important project was developed through a public-private partnership with Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach, which are part of the MemorialCare Health System.

The grant, made nationally through the H-1B Visa Skills Training Grant Program, will provide customized training to unemployed job seekers for 363 new positions within Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s, Community Hospital Long Beach, the MemorialCare Health System and other healthcare sites. An additional 400 MemorialCare employees will receive updated training and certifications to help them advance in their career pathways.

“This federal grant is huge for more than 700 people who will now be fully employed or will add additional training to advance their careers,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “In addition, it will strengthen the local economy while supporting local businesses and their employees. I want to thank Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach for their partnership to help bring this grant to our city.”

“We are so pleased with the announcement. Pacific Gateway has been an integral partner in helping identify and educate our nurses and allied healthcare positions,” says Diana Hendel, CEO, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital Long Beach. “We look forward to our continued success together. This partnership has contributed not only to the services we can provide but also to keeping up employment in our community.”

Today's celebration also included a graduation ceremony for the recent graduates of a MemorialCare program. These graduates will benefit from the federal grant.

Long Beach Memorial CEO Diana Hendel and Mayor Foster with one of the recent graduates of the training program that will be funded by the federal grant.

Employment opportunities include patient care assistants, surgical sterilization technicians, clinical lab scientists, phlebotomists and other positions. Many of the jobs created during the four-year grant period will be new occupations, developed in response to upcoming changes in healthcare law. Joint investment from MemorialCare will help Long Beach City College and Los Angeles Harbor College develop new patient care and medical billing training designed to both maintain Long Beach Memorial’s, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital Long Beach’s award-winning level of care and bring about operational efficiencies. These innovative practices will be studied for possible replication at other hospitals.

Participants in the program also will have access to personalized academic counseling to help them continue their community college education to earn additional certifications or work toward degrees in healthcare. The first cohort of 10 participants began on November 7, 2011. The project builds upon a longtime collaboration between Pacific Gateway, the region’s workforce development agency, and Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s, Community Hospital Long Beach and the MemorialCare Health System as a whole.

“This will be incredibly transformational for our customers,” said Larry Rice, a Board Member representing the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. “These are good jobs with an employer that has made a significant investment in their futures, and in the future of the region.”

The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor to address the U.S. H-1B Visa program, which raises the technical skills of American workers in occupations and industries that have seen shortages of skilled workers.

Individuals interested in these job opportunities are encouraged to begin by visiting one of Pacific Gateway’s three Career Centers: Long Beach (3447 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 90807); San Pedro (1851 N. Gaffey St., Suite F, San Pedro, 90731), and Torrance (1220 Engracia Ave., Torrance, 90501) or by calling (562) 570-WORK.

About Pacific Gateway:

Administered by the City of Long Beach, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network is the region’s public workforce agency, serving the communities of Long Beach, Torrance, Signal Hill, and Lomita, as well as the communities of San Pedro, Wilmington, and Harbor Gateway through a partnership with the City of Los Angeles. Pacific Gateway, one of 49 Workforce Investment Boards in California, is dedicated to helping job seekers find quality employment through a variety of programs, and to helping businesses thrive by connecting them to skilled workers. Last year, Pacific Gateway helped more than 3,000 adult and youth jobseekers find employment.

About Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach:

Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach are a part of the MemorialCare Health System, a nationally recognized not-for-profit integrated delivery system with top ratings for quality and safety. Long Beach Memorial has been providing compassionate care with the latest state-of-the-art technology for more than 100 years and is the region’s first choice for comprehensive care in virtually every medical and surgical specialty. Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides specialized pediatric care for children and young adults, with conditions ranging from common to complex—as well as maternity care for expectant mothers—all under one roof. Community Hospital Long Beach has been providing warm and personalized top-quality medical care that its patients have come to treasure and trust since first opening its doors in 1924, offering state-of-the-art imaging, a comprehensive cancer care center, cardiovascular diagnostics, behavioral health, women’s heart screenings, occupational medicine, wellness and diabetes services and more. Visit MemorialCare.org for more information.

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Top photo: Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board member Larry Rice (far left) , Mayor Foster and Long Beach Memorial CEO Diana Hendel (far right) with recent graduates of the MemorialCare training program that has been funded by the $2.8 million federal grant.

Mayor Foster with Diego Vargas-Dominguez, a patient care assistant.

©2010 Bob Foster
Celeste visits Mayor Foster

Seven-year-old Celeste Garcia was diagnosed at age 4 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most diagnosed childhood leukemia. ALL is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This disease progresses rapidly and affects immature blood cells, rather than mature ones. Treatment is very grueling and Celeste was in the hospital for months undergoing extensive chemotherapy treatment. A year ago Celeste was in maintenance but still faced potential complications with ALL. Celeste was one of the patients from the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach that Mayor Foster rode for in the 2011 Tour of Long Beach.

Now seven months later, Celeste reunited with Mayor Foster, during her winter break. Fortunately, Celeste is currently off treatment and enjoys singing, playing basketball and aspires to be a veterinarian someday.

You can read more about Celeste’s visit in the Gazette newspaper.

Celest tries out Mayor Foster's chair in Council Chambers.

Mayor points out the Queen Mary to Celeste.

Celeste tried everything - even the Mayor's glasses.

The Mayor shows off the holiday card that Celeste made.

©2010 Bob Foster
Be a Life Saver! Donate blood and join the bone marrow registry!

Blood donations dip to dangerously low levels during the summer.  On Wednesday, June 29, the Long Beach Police Department and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach will be holding a blood drive/bone marrow registry drive.  Please take the time to save up to three lives with your donation of blood.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

9:30am – 4:30m

Long Beach Police Department Community Room

400 W. Broadway

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Kathey Laster at (562) 570-6297 or email kathey.laster@longbeach.gov.   

All blood donations benefit patients at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital.

To donate:

  • Bring a valid photo ID
  • Be healthy
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • No tattoos within the last 12 months

Make sure that you drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious meal on the day you donate blood!

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Helps Kick-Off 2011 Tour of Long Beach

Mayor Foster helped kick-off the 2011 Tour of Long Beach event today at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.   At the kick-off, Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador Tony Cruz challenged several young patients to a tricycle race around the hospital. In front of many doctors, nurses and fellow patients, Adan, wearing bib #1, won the race.

The tricycle race was a great way to celebrate the 2011 Tour of Long Beach, which benefits the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. For the second consecutive year, the Tour will take cyclists of all ages and skill levels on a 31-mile course throughout our City.  And if you’re up for the challenge, join Mayor Foster in riding the Metric Century, where riders go twice around the Tour course.  No matter which course you decide, the Mayor invites everyone to join his team the “Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”

For more information on the Tour of Long Beach on May 14, visit www.TourofLongBeach.com.

(Above photo caption: Mayor Foster, Adan, who won the tricycle race, and Dr. Jerry Finklestein)

 
 

Mayor Foster and Brianna, a young Miller Children's Hospital patient.

(Left to right) Charlie Feder, Tony Cruz and Mayor Foster.

©2010 Bob Foster
More than 1,000 Cyclists Participate in Inaugural Tour of Long Beach

$60,000 were raised for Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

A total of 1,028 cyclists of all skill levels and more than $60,000 were raised at the 2010 Tour of Long Beach on Saturday, May 8.  The Tour of Long Beach proceeds, individual and team fundraising efforts will all go to support the patients and families of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

A check presentation to the Miller Children’s Hospital occurred prior to the start of the Tour of Long Beach.  Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and Tony Cruz (former U.S. Olympian, six-year team mate of Lance Armstrong and City of Long Beach Bicycle Ambassador) presented the oversized check to Dr. Jerry Finklestein (medical director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital).

The 31- mile course began in Downtown Long Beach at the Marina Green, where riders experienced all that Long Beach has to offer: Pacific Ocean views, inland bays and waterways, a bustling downtown waterfront, scenic parks, and dozens of unique neighborhoods.  There was also an option to ride the Tour of Long Beach loop twice for 62 miles – a Metric Century.  In addition, the Tour of Long Beach Family Ride took riders of all ages on a 4-mile loop along the beautiful Long Beach waterfront.

The Tour of Long Beach was the newest addition to the Long Beach Bike Festival.

Long Beach was recently named by Bicycle Magazine as one of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities.  For more information on Long Beach’s plan to become one of the most bike friendly urban cities, please visit www.bikelongbeach.org.

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