St. Mary Medical Center

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Welcomes New Helicopter to St. Mary’s
St. Mary Helicopter

Mayor Foster joined John Friel, President of Catalina Hospital and Tom Salerno, President of St. Mary Medical Center to welcome the new Europcopter BK117, which will replace the Bell 222 helicopter that is currently being used at St. Mary Medical Center.


As a Level II Trauma Center, St. Mary Medical Center maintains a helipad for helicopter patient transports, and works with Mercy Air to ensure training of St. Mary nurses and physicians on the latest technology. Mercy Air has been providing air medical transport to St. Mary Medical Center since 1989.


The larger BK117 is a $5 million helicopter that allows for easier loading through the rear clam-shell doors. It also has room to take an isolette for NICU transports.  It is operated and owned by Air Methods, the largest air medical provider in the country.  Mercy air flies with all crew members on full Night Vision goggles and can operate in IFR (Instrument flight rules) conditions.  Mercy Air always operate with a flight nurse and paramedic or two flight nurses.


Top photo (from left): Dr. James Murray, St. Mary Medical Center Medical Director for Trauma Surgery; Mayor Bob Foster; Thomas Salerno, St. Mary Medical Center President & CEO; John Friel, Catalina Island Medical Center CEO; and Dr. Stephen Shea, St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department Director.

St. Mary Helicopter

Mayor Foster presented a certificate to St. Mary Medical Center for their 90 years of healing ministry. Left to right: Tom Salerno, Sister Gerard, Mayor Foster and Dr. Shea.



St. Mary Helicopter


St. Mary Helicopter


St. Mary Helicopter

Mayor Foster speaks to Mercy Air staff.


©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: St. Mary’s New Mobile Medical Care Clinic

St. Mary Medical Center’s  new 38-foot custom Mobile Care Clinic had a “christening” ceremony this morning.  The Mobile Care Clinic vehicle is part of the new St. Mary Breathe Easy Mobile Outreach Program being launched thanks to an $834,000 grant from the Port of Long Beach. The Clinic will provide asthma outreach and respiratory diagnostic services to individuals of all ages in communities nearest the Port of Long Beach and its transportation corridors.

Senior housing facilities, schools, and community centers will refer potentially high-risk,underserved residents to the Breathe Easy Mobile Outreach Program. Over the next 12months, the expectation is that St. Mary will provide respiratory services to more than 22,750 individuals.

St. Mary Medical Center and its Foundation, in collaboration with the Port of Long Beach, recognize the need to deliver education about care and prevention of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses; and to provide respiratory and/or cardiopulmonary tests, screening programs, and treatment to individuals of all ages. The specially outfitted Mobile Care Clinic addresses access to care issues by providing onsite screening, diagnosis and care.

The Port of Long Beach has made great strides in reducing air pollution at the source, and this partnership with St. Mary Medical Center further demonstrates its commitment to the health and wellbeing of the surrounding community. The grant is part of the Port Grant Programs, which offer funds for projects in the local area to address the health effects of Port operations and to reduce greenhouse gases. For more information, go to www.polb.com/grants.

A thank you plaque was presented to the Port of Long Beach. (L to R) Susan E. Anderson Wise (Harbor Commission President), George Murchinson (St. Mary Medical Center Foundation) and Mayor Foster.


(L to R) George Murchinson, Sister Gerard Earls, Bishop Oscar Solis, Gail Daily (St. Mary Medical Center CEO), Mayor Foster and Habor Commission President Wise.

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