Catalina Island Medical Center

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As Avalon’s hospital, we serve the medical needs of Santa Catalina Island’s 4,500 residents as well as the more than one million visitors who travel to Catalina each year.
310-510-0700 - 100 Falls Canyon Road, Avalon

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Catalina Island Medical Cener Hires New Nurse Practitioner
Monday, March 06, 2017
Catalina Island Medical Center and its Medical Group Office are pleased to welcome Joseph ("Joey") Mulevicz, as its new permanent full time Nurse Practitioner. He joins Dr Laura Ulibarri and Dr Aimee Warren as part of CIMC's outstanding medical team.

Seeds Remind Patients to Help Medical Center “Grow” its Quality of Service
Saturday, February 11, 2017
In March 2016, Jason Paret, CEO of Catalina Island Medical Center contracted with Press Ganey, an industry leader in measuring and evaluating hospital performance, to know “what we do well and what needs to change.” Patients are asked to grade their most recent health care experiences in the emergency department, physician’s office, laboratory, radiology and physical therapy. This information has revealed that there’s work to be done.

Catalina Island Medical Center Offers Mammograms March 17-18
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
The “Mammovan” will be in Avalon to offer mammography at Catalina Island Medical Center's Medical Group Office on Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18.

Library Lecture: Meet Catalina Island Medical Cente’s new Nursing Executive
Monday, January 30, 2017
The Friends of the Library invites the community to meet Stacie Amarantos, RN, MSN, Catalina Island Medical Center's new Chief Operating Officer and Nursing Executive on February 2, 2017 at 7 pm at the Avalon Library. She will speak about local healthcare services, nursing as a career and her role in guiding CIMC to meet the needs of island residents and visitors.

Wellness Wednesdays with Dr. Aimee Warren
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Catalina Island Medical Center's Dr. Aimee Warren has partnered with Island Spa Catalina to help educate our community on the importance of Wellness and Well Being. Enjoy free fresh pressed juices and smoothies from El Encanto Cafe. An added bonus for attending, enter to win a Keep Fit Card (10 fitness classes, $50 value).

Catalina Island Medical Center 2016 Employee of the Year is Mike Rhoutsong
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
On Sunday December 18 Catalina Island Medical Center employees, hospital board members and guests traveled to the Airport in the Sky for a special buffet dinner at DC-3 Gifts and Grill. The annual employee recognition dinner attracted 120 people to honor seven hospital and clinic staff members who were recognized for 5, 10 or 20 years serving island patients and their families.

Long Beach VA Reaches out to Island Veterans
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
There are an estimated 135 veterans living on Catalina Island. In association with Catalina Island Medical Center, the Department of Veterans Affairs officials in Long Beach were invited to Avalon. Richard Beam, Director of Public and Community Affairs for the Long Beach Veterans Administration brought a group of staff members to Avalon on October 27, 2016 to meet with island veterans.

A Personal Story About Acupuncture
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Avalon resident Gayle Tasca believes in miracles. After years of pain and immobility she shares her story of how acupuncture with Julie Tibbetts, DPT, L.ac at Catalina Island Medical Center can heal “lost cause” patients who feel hopeless.

Telehealth is the new trend in health care
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Dawn Sampson, owner of TeleConnect Therapies, provided the information for the second in the series of health-related seminars at the Avalon Library. "There are four points to the new Telehealth therapies and education now," she said. "Interactive video conferencing, which is real-time; Store and Forward which means things are looked at later; Remote health monitoring, which works very well in places like Catalina; and M-health which is mobile health services."

Veterans Health Care to be discussed October 27
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Department of Veterans Affairs officials from Long Beach will be coming to Catalina Island on Thursday, October 27. The meeting is to insure that Veterans understand all their options for receiving medical care on the Island.

First Physician Forum Well Attended
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Women crowded into the Avalon Library on Oct. 6 to hear the first speaker in a series of health-related seminars sponsored by the County of L.A. Library, the Friends of the Avalon Library, and the Catalina Island Medical Center. The first Thursday of each month, from 7-9 p.m., the library will remain open to present health experts from various specialties explain what they do and answer questions.

CIMC Offers Free Diabetes Prevention Seminar
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center if offering monthly seminars on weight loss and diabetes. Jessica Brantley-Lopez, registered dietitian visits Catalina Island Medical Center each month to consult with patients and teach a free seminar on diabetes prevention, controlling blood sugar and weight loss.

CIMC Long Term Care Patients Enjoy the New Museum
Monday, September 05, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center's skilled nursing patients will each have the opportunity to visit the new Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building of the Catalina Island Museum. Devin Thompson, Director of Development welcomed Estelle McKeown and Isabelle Lopez along with CIMC Activities Coordinator Katherine Stone to the Catalina Island Museum recently. Activities Coordinator Katherine Stone will arrange for each long term care patient to have a personal "day at the museum" in the coming weeks.

Two New Medical Services for Veterans at Catalina Island Medical Center
Friday, July 22, 2016
Local Veterans may now choose a Catalina Island Medical Center physician for their Primary Care needs rather than traveling across the channel to the VA facility in Long Beach. In addition, Primary Care, Neurology and Mental Health services will be

Dr Aimee Warren, D.O. is new Family Practice Physician
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center is pleased to introduce Dr Aimee Warren, D.O. as the new permanent family practice physician for the Medical Group Office. “Dr Warren is a caring and compassionate healthcare provider,” commented CIMC’s CEO Jason Paret. “She will

Catalina Island Medical Center Wants to Improve the Quality of Healthcare
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center wants to better understand the experiences that patients have in the emergency department, physician’s office, laboratory, radiology and physical therapy. Jason Paret, CEO recently announced the hospital’s new relationship with Press Ganey an industry leader in

Emergency Kits For Sale
Friday, June 10, 2016
In a "worst case scenario" such as a natural disaster or large scale emergency (earthquake, flood, fire, biological attack) Catalina with its geographical location could be cut off from the mainland for days. Emergency services from overtown may be unable

Catalina Island Medical Center Wins Telemedicine Recognition Award
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center has again been recognized as one of Telemedicine’s top performers in the state of California according to the California Telehealth Network (CTN).   Site champion awards are given to healthcare members that conduct the most telemedicine consults. 

CIMC’s Daisy Award for Outstanding Nursing goes to Olivia Mello, RN
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center salutes Olivia Mello, RN-  its first ever DAISY Award winner for extraordinary nursing. On Friday May 6 at the Metropole Conference Room Catherine Rhyne, CIMC's Chief of Patient Care Services spoke to an assembled group of

CIMC Foundation Donates New EKG Machines to Serve Catalina Island Patients
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center has new 12-lead EKG (Electrocardiography) machines for its Emergency Department, and Medical Group Office thanks to the CIMC Foundation. The Schiller AT-plus EKG units were purchased at a cost of $9,640 and are a life saving

Catalina Island Medical Center Health Fair Draws Residents and Visitors to Casino Ballroom
Friday, May 13, 2016
It was a brilliantly sunny day despite blustery winds on Thursday April 28, 2016 for Catalina Island Medical Center’s 32ndannual Health Fair. Medical providers and those traveling from the mainland were slightly delayed by the cancellation of the 6 am

Catalina Island Medical Center’s Julie Tibbetts, DPT offers physical therapy and acupuncture
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Special medical and rehabilitation treatments are available at Catalina Island Medical Center (CIMC) to help patients suffering from pain, weakness, the loss of movement, fitness challenges or the ability to do everyday activities.  At the direction of a trained therapist

Earthquake Alliance Gives Grant to Catalina Island Medical Center
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center has received a new grant for an emergency water project. The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a partnership of public and private organizations and people who work together to improve earthquake preparedness. Their goal is to

What do blood tests really do?
Monday, March 28, 2016
The annual Health Fair , Thursday April 28 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the Casino Ballroom, will offer important medical screenings and low-cost blood tests for the community. What do the blood tests reveal?  Why should people have

More than eighty women have mammograms March 4-6
Friday, March 25, 2016
There are two types of women – those who have had breast cancer and those who have a relative or friend who has had breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society “one out of every eight women” will be

“An Evening with Oscar” glitters with gold for over 200 guests
Friday, March 11, 2016
“And the Oscar goes to . . .”  almost 200 guests in the beautiful Casino Ballroom on Sunday February 28 who enjoyed their own custom dark chocolate “Oscar” statuettes wrapped in golden foil handmade by Lloyd’s of Avalon.  A sophisticated

Catalina Island Medical Center Welcomes New Director of Social Services
Monday, February 22, 2016
Leticia Reed, LCSW is the new Director of Social Services at Catalina Island Medical Center. Leticia has worked most closely with individuals who have experienced trauma and PTSD and she has received specialized training to address these issues. She provides

Ventilator Donated to Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation
Friday, February 19, 2016
It's portable, has easy to read displays, it can plug in to any outlet or even a car's cigarette lighter and it's comprehensive monitoring system may save a life. Rocky Allen, Regional Business Manager on behalf of Mercy/Air Methods donated

Catherine Rhyne joins administrative team at Catalina Island Medical Center
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Catherine Rhyne, RN, MPH is the new Chief Patient Care Services for CIMC. Catherine came to the hospital on an interim basis on October 1, 2015 and quickly established a presence that was needed and welcomed. She was born in Pittsburg,

Catalina Island Medical Center offers mammograms March 4-6
Sunday, January 24, 2016
According to the American Cancer Society “one out of every eight women” will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Mammogram screening is recommended annually for all women 40 years of age and older. Inner Images will return to the

Catalina Island Medical Center Welcomes Dr Dan Davis
Friday, January 15, 2016
“Medicine and understanding the human body provides the biggest challenge for those with a science aptitude,” shared Dr Dan Davis one of Catalina Island Medical Center’s physicians. As a UCLA Psychobiology undergrad he chose to pursue a medical degree and

Dr Kevin Hutton new physician at Catalina Island Medical Center
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Dr Kevin Hutton is a new physician on staff at Catalina Island Medical Center. He has been an “island doctor” in the Bahamas and understands the uniqueness of working in geographically isolated locations. Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr Hutton

CIMC Final Report on Community Needs
Monday, January 11, 2016
Catalina Island Medical Center’s vision is to be the destination for excellence in patient centered care and health enrichment. The Avalon Medical Development Corporation (AMDC) Board and CIMC CEO Bryan Ballard contracted with Rochelle Schultz Spinarski of Rural Health Solutions

CIMC Offers Support to Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Friday, January 08, 2016
Christmas is over but "what to my wondering eyes should appear but TEN extra pounds on my waist, thighs and rear." TOPS CLUB may be able to help! The popularity of Catalina Island Medical Center's innovative "Stepping Into Health" program

CIMC Welcomes New CEO Jason Paret
Monday, January 04, 2016
The Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that a new Chief Executive Officer for Catalina Island Medical Center has been hired.  He is Jason Paret of Portland, Oregon.  He has an MBA from the University

Choose an Environmentally Responsible Way to Dispose of Your Sharps
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Home-generated needles, lancets, and syringes are called "sharps" by your doctor, nurse, or healthcare professional. Catalina Island Medical Center staff members are often asked by patients how these medical waste items may be disposed of. "Sharps" that are discarded as

CIMC Community Needs Assessment Consultant Met with 11 Groups
Friday, November 20, 2015
The AMDC Board and CIMC CEO Bryan Ballard invited Rochelle Schultz Spinarski of Rural Health Solutions to meet with various segments of the community last September to begin a community needs assessment process. Focus groups were asked questions such as,

LA BioMed Receives $10,000 Grant for the Catalina Island Clinic
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) recently received a $10,000 grant from Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, South Bay to support the Catalina Island Clinic managed by the Women’s Health Care Clinic Outreach & Education Program. The Catalina Island Clinic provides preventive

Flu Shots Available at CIMC November 17
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Get your annual flu shot and increase your odds of wellness. Flu vaccines are available again (while supplies last) at CIMC's Medical Group Office 100 Falls Canyon Road, on Tuesday November 17 from 9-11:30 am and from to 2 -

CIMC Cares
Saturday, November 14, 2015
“Even the little things done with great care, have immeasurably impact” shared Santa Dominguez, RN. She goes on to say that "Catalina Island Medical Cent adopted a culture enrichment campaign about seven years ago, committed to lead the philosophy and

Regional Disaster Resource Center Team Visits Avalon
Friday, November 13, 2015
Kathy Dollarhide, RN, Director of Disaster Resource Center at Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, and Janet Seebert, RN, Disaster Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Catalina Island Medical Center, hosted a recent regional Disaster Resource Center meeting in

CIMC’s New Medical Coding and Computer Upgrade is a Process
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center is updating its computer network to be in compliance with the latest federally required coding mandate and to better utilize the hospital's recently installed electronic medical records system. The updated software and improved data input procedures

Earthquake Shake Out Drill Held at CIMC
Friday, November 06, 2015
“Drop, Cover and Hold On” is the mantra for worldwide earthquake preparedness drills. Catalina Island Medical Center recently participated with other cities across the country for the Great “Shake Out” at 10:15 AM on 10/15 (October 15). CIMC staff practiced

CIMC Disaster Preparation Planned for November 5-8
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center announces an important series of events this November 5-8. Under the direction of CIMC's Director of Emergency Preparedness Janet Seebert, RN and in collaboration with local fire, sheriff and city leaders CIMC will address issues that

What is your flu IQ?
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Did you know that people with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 ft away through coughs and sneezes! Flu Shot Clinics are scheduled at Catalina Island Medical Center's Medical Group Office 100 Falls Canyon Road. No

Administrative Changes at Catalina Island Medical Center
Friday, September 11, 2015
With summer drawing to a close and the beginning of a new month, a confluence of change at Catalina Island Medical Center has been announced by CEO Bryan Ballard.  The hospital has been notified that two physicians will be leaving

Air Ambulance Plans Lower Helicopter Costs
Friday, August 28, 2015
Living or visiting Catalina is idyllic until a major illness or injury strikes.  Then the beautiful ocean that surrounds the island can become a barrier to getting loved ones to emergency or specialized medical care. If a medical emergency meets

Patients Fare Better with a Primary Care Physician
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Patients who are treated by the same primary care doctor on a regular basis are less likely to need emergency room treatment and hospitalization than those who bounce between multiple providers, according to new research by Nadereh Pourat, Director of

New Security Protocols at Catalina Island Medical Center
Friday, August 14, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center is establishing new security protocols to safeguard its staff and patients. The new guidelines will also help to more effectively direct individuals entering the hospital's building to emergency room service and patient rooms.  Those needing emergency

Avalon Medical Development Corporation Welcomes Newest Directors
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The Avalon Medical Development Corporation two newest directors bring local knowledge and experience to the Hospital Board. Local residents Trudy Saldana and Judy Grear joined the board in July.  Trudy Saldana has been married to her husband Joe for 50 years.

CIMC Foundation Donates $55,500 for Fetal Heart Monitor, EKG, Security Cameras and More
Friday, July 24, 2015
One of Catalina Island Medical Center's biggest sources of financial assistance has been the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. Formed in 1980, it's mission is to support health care on the island, both through raising funds and by publicizing CIMC’s

THIPA Network Providers Include CIMC Doctors and Services
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Torrance Hospital Independent Practice Association (THIPA) is a multi-specialty physician network owned by Torrance Memorial Medical Center. It features over 350 primary care and specialist physicians including the doctors at Catalina Island Medical Center. Many local employers such as the City

Hospital gets two new board members
Friday, July 17, 2015
The hospital board of directors has acquired two new members, a businesswoman Catrina Awalt and former City Council member Michael Ponce. Katrina Awalt grew up on Catalina Island for 33 years. Awalt is co-owner of two local businesses - Two's Company

Retiring AMDC Board Members recognized for years of service to CIMC
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Paul DeMyer, the Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board's Past President and Ross Turner AMDC Board member were honored with commemorative plaques at the conclusion of their terms of service. New AMDC Board members Catrina Awalt, Michael Ponce, Judy Grear and Trudy

Catalina Island Medical Center Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center's new Chief of Patient Care Services David Hamlin comes to Catalina Island from Kahuku Medical Center, Oahu, Hawaii. A native of Maine, Hamlin lived his whole life there until three years ago. He graduated from the

Mike Forcella Strives to Succeed on Football Field and at CIMC
Saturday, June 27, 2015
“Football is life” and Mike Forcella, an employee at Catalina Island Medical Center embodies the best qualities mentioned in the Vince Lombardi quote.  In less than a year Mike has worked as the hospital’s front desk clerk, housing coordinator and

National Sidewalk CPR Training Comes to Avalon June 4
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
It takes just 10 minutes to learn how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive. "Hands Only" is a new CPR technique which focuses on the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest. Avalon residents and visitors

Mothers Day Flowers
Saturday, May 30, 2015
In honor of Mother's Day, Catalina Island Medical Center overflows with beautiful flowers for its residents. (Seated left to right) Isabel Lopez, Margarita Ponce, Sara Mullen and Inez Martinez. Also pictured (Standing left to right) CIMC staff members Emma Sanchez, Santa

Free and Low Cost Medical Tests Provided at 2015 Health Fair
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The 31st annual Community Health Fair sponsored by the Catalina Island Medical Center brought mainland and local medical providers and services to the Casino Ballroom for an important wellness forum on Thursday May 7. Partly sunny skies coaxed over 350

Catalina Island Medical Center Recognizes Nurses
Friday, May 15, 2015
May is a busy month at Catalina Island Medical Center. After a very successful Community Health Fair, the hospital celebrated National Nurses Week May 6-12. As supported by the National Nurses Association, National Nurses Week celebrates nurses and their role

New Telepsychiatry available for Medi-Cal, Medicare or Uninsured Patients
Saturday, May 09, 2015
The LA Co Department of Mental Health provides services to patients who have no insurance, and those who have Medi-Cal, and/or Medicare coverage. Catalina Island Medical Center has a TeleHealth agreement with LA Co DMH to provide tele-psychiatry services to

Community Partners Assist in Funding 2015 Health Fair
Monday, April 27, 2015
The Community Health Fair, which is coming to the Casino Ballroom on Thursday May 7, 2015 is sponsored by the Catalina Island Medical Center but other generous benefactors contribute to underwrite the costs of this event. This year the Avalon

Health Fair 2015: What do blood tests really do?
Saturday, April 11, 2015
The Annual Health Fair on Thursday May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Casino Ballroom offers important medical screenings and low-cost blood tests for the community. What do the blood tests reveal? Why should people have them?

Catalina Island Health Fair Returns to Casino Ballroom
Friday, April 03, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center will hold its 31st annual Community Health Fair on Thursday May 7, 2015 in the beautiful Casino Ballroom in Avalon. With mainland and local healthcare vendors providing free or low cost screenings between 9:30 am and

Hometown Girl Returns to Catalina Island Medical Center
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
In January 2015 Gina Saldana, RN became one of the new nurses at Catalina Island Medical Center. But Gina also began her life at the hospital in Avalon, a hometown girl, one of three children born to long-time island residents

Hospital Honors Long Time Employees at Recognition Dinner
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center had a very special dinner party on Saturday February 28 at Overlook Hall. Twenty-nine employees who have worked at the hospital for between 6 and 34 years were honored for their faithful service with a delicious

“An Evening with Oscar” Delights over 200 Guests
Saturday, March 07, 2015
"And the Oscar goes to..." over 200 guests in the beautiful Casino Ballroom on Sunday February 22 enjoyed a magical evening and raised money to benefit the Catalina Island Medical Center's Foundation. With an elegantly dressed crowd, a gorgeously decorated

CIMC Recognized as Telemedicine Top Performer
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center is being featured in the 2014 California Telehealth Network's Annual Report. California Telehealth Network is the leading agency in California focusing on increasing access to healthcare through the innovative use of technology, including telehealth, telemedicine and

Women’s Digital Mammogram Screening Results Are In
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Catalina Island Medical Center sponsored mobile digital mammogram services provided by Inner Images on February 6-7, 2015. A total of 76 island women had mammograms performed. Results have been sent in the mail. If women have not yet received their

Hospital Auxiliary Gives $25,000 to Catalina Island Medical Center
Friday, February 13, 2015
The Avalon Hospital Auxiliary's "Unloved Gift Shop" has a mission. Their dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers accept quality resale and gently used items which are then sold to residents and Avalon visitors. In the process the AHA commits to

Catalina Island Medical Center Welcomes new IT Manager
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Jami C. Fuller joined the staff of Catalina Island Medical Center in early January from Mobile, Alabama. Jami is the new Clinical Informatics Specialist for the hospital and is already making a difference in working with physicians and other employees. Her

After a Traumatic Experience
Monday, January 12, 2015
Dozens of local residents experienced traumatic situations related to the deadly storm that hit Avalon. Whether the experience was related to witnessing a death or injury to another person, being injured yourself, having a boat destroyed (which in many cases

Catalina Island Medical Center Sponsors Mammogram Screenings
Friday, January 09, 2015
Inner Images will return to CIMC to provide digital mammograms on Friday February 6 and Saturday February 7, 2015. Breast cancer is a common cancer among women but millions are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection (self

Catalina Island Medical Center Celebrates 55th Birthday
Monday, January 05, 2015
There’s going to be "a lot of candles on the cake" on the evening of Thursday January 15, 2015 when Catalina Island Medical Center celebrates a milestone in providing healthcare to the community. 55 years have passed since the original

CIMC Celebrates National Rural Health Day
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 62 million people - nearly "one in five" Americans - call them "home." Small towns, farming communities and remote areas (like Catalina Island ) are places where

Flu Shots Available Starting December 4
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Flu shots will be available at Catalina Island Medical Center's Medical Group Office starting December 4, 2014. No appointment is necessary and the cost is $25. Clinic dates and times are Thursday, December 4 from 9-11 AM and 2-5 PM, Friday,

The Great American Smokeout is coming
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The US Surgeon General has said, "Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives." It’s hard to quit smoking, but it can be done. To have

CIMC Welcomes LVN Nicole Morales
Saturday, October 25, 2014
There's a new licensed vocational nurse serving patients and working with the staff at Catalina Island Medical Center's Medical Group Office in Avalon. LVN Nicole Morales, 23 came to Catalina Island Medical Center to begin her medical career three months

Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation Celebrates its Donors
Friday, October 24, 2014
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation celebrated its fiscal year 2013-2014 donors on Saturday evening October 11, 2014 at the home of Blanny Avalon Hagenah. The lovely evening gave the Board of Directors an opportunity to express its appreciation to

Catalina Island Breast Cancer Survivors
Friday, October 17, 2014
Three Avalon women who are breast cancer survivors are an encouragement to others during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a common cancer among women but millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early

Catalina Island Medical Center Welcomes New Board Members
Friday, October 10, 2014
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation welcomes three new board members. The CIMC Foundation was originally formed, as the Avalon Hospital Foundation, in 1980 to support health care on the island by raising funds and publicizing CIMC's goals and guiding

Participants Graduate from Group Lifestyle Balance Classes
Friday, October 03, 2014
Diets Don't Work! A recent NBC News feature estimated that over 80% of those involved in a weight loss program gain back all that they lost plus additional pounds within two years. Catalina Island Medical Center started it's Stepping Into

Disaster Preparedness Drill Held at Catalina Island Medical Center
Friday, September 19, 2014
In conjunction with Dignity Health St Mary Medical Center, Coordinator of Disaster Preparedness Janet Seebert, RN led an important multi-agency emergency drill at Catalina Island Medical Center on Thursday August 28. Forty-two people participated including CIMC staff, LA County Sheriff,

CIMC Can Provide VA Approved Care for Local Vets
Sunday, September 14, 2014
In the wake of recent Veteran Affairs facility problems and reported medical malpractices Congress has passed legislation that will increase access for veterans seeking healthcare from non-VA providers. Catalina Island has approximately 140 residents who are veterans.  $17 billion in emergency

CIMC Welcomes Interim Chief Nursing Executive Kay Deol
Friday, September 12, 2014
"It's been wonderful" Kay Deol, RN, BA, MPA said when asked about her first weeks as Catalina Island Medical Center's (CIMC) interim Chief Nursing Executive and Director of Patient Care. With the July departure of Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Mattis,

Meet Nurse Practitioner Diana Johnson
Friday, September 05, 2014
Nurse Practitioner Diana Johnson always wanted to "live on an island". An Eastern religion professor in college challenged her to choose a career in which she could show the "greatest compassion" and that introspection inspired her to pursue medicine. After graduating

A History of Catalina Island Healthcare
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The first hospital on Catalina Island served the island's residents and visitors from 1900 to 1923. By 1915, a clinic had been established in Avalon's first permanent structure, the Metropole Hotel. Unfortunately Avalon's massive fire that year destroyed the Metropole

CIMC meets with THIPA physician network
Monday, July 28, 2014
Catalina Island Medical Center (CIMC) is working hard to get authorization for services such as physical therapy, lab tests, CT Scans, radiology and emergency room visits for Avalon residents whose employers have Torrance Memorial Hospital IPA (THIPA) physician network available

Dexter Amend Catalina Island Medical Center’s New Physical Therapist
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Catalina Island Medical Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Dexter Amend III, PT. Amend joins the growing Therapy Services department at the hospital that offers a wide range of physical therapy services for residents and visitors. The island

Catalina Island Medical Center Receives $80,000 Donation from CIMC Foundation
Sunday, June 01, 2014
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation celebrated another milestone in its support of the Catalina Island Medical Center. Carol Reynolds, Foundation Chairperson recently presented an $80,000 check to J.Paul DeMyer, President of the Avalon Medical Development Corporation (AMDC) for the

Dawn Sampson Speaks on Telemedicine at Newport Beach Conference
Monday, May 05, 2014
Dawn Sampson, LCSW, Catalina Island Medical Center's Director of Social Services and Coordinator of the 2014 Health Fest recently participated in an important panel discussion on Telemedicine at the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach. Sampson has worked at the hospital

CIMC Recognizes a Valued Staff Member
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Pixie King, an employee at Catalina Island Medical Center epitomizes everything that is good about the hospital she has worked at for 34 years. Her job as a medical records specialist includes medical coding, correspondence pertaining to patient records, auditing

Catalina Island Medical Center’s Oscar Party Scored
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Director were announced and speeches were made for the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014. In the Casino Ballroom over 200 guests partied while supporting the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation's fundraiser

2014 Annual Catalina Island Health Fair
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Catalina Island Medical Center announced a bold new plan to celebrate health. On Thursday May 22 downtown Avalon will be transformed into a "Celebration of Health" according to Catalina Island Medical Center's Dawn Sampson, LCSW and the Coordinator of this

New Hospital Signs Around Avalon
Monday, March 31, 2014
Catalina Island Medical Center will be a lot easier to find with the installation of four new blue "H" hospital directional signs around Avalon. At the urging of AMDC Board member Bea Van Every, CIMC's CEO John Friel began his inquiries

National Doctors Day is Sunday, March 30 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Catalina Island Medical Center salutes its four physicians who exemplify the best qualities and highest professional standardsin serving Catalina residents and visitors on the occasion of National Doctors Day March 30, 2014. Dr Frank Long, Dr. Monte Mellon, Dr Tracey

Time is Running Out
Monday, March 10, 2014
The deadline for insurance under Covered California is fast approaching. Covered California is the state's implementation of the American Health Benefit Exchange provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The clock is ticking for Islanders without health insurance

CIMC and Local Donors Partner for Island Mammograms
Saturday, February 22, 2014
85 Avalon women from all social and economic backgrounds took advantage of the opportunity to have digital mammography at Catalina Island Medical Center January 31-February 2. Inner Images and their technicians spent three days providing comprehensive exams and screenings ---

CIMC Offers Counseling for Affordable Care Act
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Catalina island Medical Center now has help for those needing to sign up or change their insurance coverage under the new affordable care act. CIMC's Sandy Gutierrez is a certified enrollment counselor with "Covered California" the state component for what

CIMC Offers Additional Flu Clinics
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Despite the recent warm weather, Southern California is in the grips of a massive winter flu season. With plenty of influenza vaccine available Catalina Island Medical Center will offer two new flu shot clinics in the coming weeks. The dates

Catalina Island Medical Center Offers Mammograms
Monday, January 20, 2014
Digital Mammography is coming to Avalon’s Catalina Island Medical Center on Friday January 31, Saturday February 1st and Sunday February 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm. This latest advancement in technology uses a digital receptor and a computer to

CIMC Stepping Into Health Program Educates Students
Friday, January 17, 2014
CIMC’S “Stepping Into Health” Program is also “stepping up” efforts to educate and encourage students at Avalon School about healthy nutrition and physical activity.  Tracy Matthews, RN, ND, Nurse Care Manager, Rhonda Kalish, Community Outreach Coordinator and Connie Friel, Volunteer

Catalina Island Medical Center Launches New Website
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Evolve Partners has assisted in developing a new user-friendly internet site available now for the Catalina community, local patients, visitors and mainland residents inquiring about island healthcare. A wide variety of pages can lead browsers to information about CIMC's history,

George Morgan appointed Manager of Therapy Services
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Catalina Island Medical Center’s CEO John Friel describes him as “so talented.  He has all the credentials plus more”. George Morgan, MSOT is the newly appointed CIMC Manager of Therapy Services. He is an occupational therapist who came to the

Last Flu Vaccine Clinic of 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Friday December 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.will be your last chance to get an inexpensive flu shot this year at the Medical Group Office at Catalina Island Medical Center. Cost for the flu shot is $25. No appointments,

Flu Shots Available Fridays in December
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The Catalina Island Medical Center offers 3 new Flu Vaccine Clinics on the Fridays before Christmas. No appointments are necessary. The cost is $25. The dates are December 6,December 13 and December 20 from 11:30 am to 5 pm. Get your

DEXA Scan Health Screenings Offered at CIMC
Monday, December 02, 2013
“Stepping Into Health” - a community program sponsored by the Catalina Island Medical Center has a new diagnostic tool to assist patients with gaining valuable information and avoiding potentially hazardous health challenges.  The DEXA scannerwhich is used to measure bone

Flu Shots Available November 22 at CIMC
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
According to the Center for Disease Control “people with the flu can spread it to others up to 6 ft away through coughs and sneezes!” Catalina Island Medical Center is offering the season’s first Flu Vaccine Clinic for the public

Influenza vaccines will be available later this fall
Monday, October 28, 2013
Influenza vaccines will be available on the island next month. Catalina Island Medical Center’s access to vaccines was delayed due to the government shut down, according to Maryrose Coughlin, manager of the Catalina Island Medical Group Office. “We hope to have

Health services available at home for those in need
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
While the stereotype of a doctor traveling through town with his medical satchel at his side may be a thing of the past, house calls still happen on a regular basis in Avalon. Catalina Island Medical Center's Home Health program allows

New x-ray equipment begins serving patients
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Catalina Island Medical Center’s radiology department recently reopened after an extensive renovation. The centerpiece of the remodel is a state-of-the-art radiology camera from Toshiba that will improve patients’ experiences as well as the diagnostic capabilities of CIMC’s medical providers. “We went

Medical providers asking patients to pay for services
Friday, May 31, 2013
In an effort to become more fiscally responsible, medical providers throughout the country, including Catalina Island Medical Center, are asking patients to pay for services at the time they are rendered. Whenever and wherever they visit the doctor, patients should bring

Advanced practice nurse joins CIMC team
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Catalina Island Medical Center patients who would like to achieve a healthier weight now have a dedicated new ally in Tracy Matthews, nurse care manager for the Stepping Into Health program. Stepping Into Health, which is funded by a grant

Foundation completes x-ray commitment
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A major milestone in patient health was reached on Tuesday, when the CIMC Foundation presented the final check from its radiology fund-raising campaign to the Catalina Island Medical Center. “This campaign has been a powerful example of the partnership between CIMC

Health fair reaches record number of attendees
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Catalina Island Medical Center’s popular Community Health Fair reached a record number of attendees on April 18 when nearly 500 people took the chance to improve their health. “We were thrilled with the turnout,” said organizer Dawn Sampson. “We had 479

Health Fair to attract hundreds
Monday, April 15, 2013
One of Catalina’s most popular events is also its healthiest. Hundreds of individuals are expected to attend Catalina Island Medical Center’s 2013 Catalina Health Fair on Thursday, April 18, in the Casino Ballroom. Dozens of free and low-cost health screenings will

Health Fair will be held April 18
Monday, April 08, 2013
Each year nearly 10 percent of Avalon’s population chooses to get healthier at Catalina Island Medical Center’s Catalina Community Health Fair, which will be held this year on Thursday, April 18. Those hundreds of individuals are there to improve their

Expectant moms encouraged to expect on mainland
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Catalina Island Medical Center staff and providers strongly encourage local pregnant women, to spend the final four weeks of pregnancy on the mainland. “All pregnant women within a month of delivery should remain close to their delivery hospital,” CIMC’s Dr. Tracey

One-Hundred Twenty Attend “An Evening with Oscar” Fundraiser
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation is happy to announce another successful "An Evening with Oscar" fundraising event held at the Catalina Island Yacht Club on February 24, 2013. One hundred twenty guests enjoyed appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared

Donations needed for 2013 Health Fair
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Island residents have a dramatic opportunity to help make their community healthier. Donations for the 2013 Catalina Island Health Fair are needed. “Donations are definitely needed to make the event successful,” said Health Fair Organizer Dawn Sampson. “We will have

Patients encouraged to use hospital appropriately
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Catalina Island patients can best serve their health and the health of their neighbors by using Catalina Island Medical Center’s services appropriately. “Using the emergency room when it’s not necessary can put others at risk,” Chief of Patient Care Services Nancy

Flu shots available at medical group office
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Catalina Island Medical Center has an ample supply of flu shots available for those who would like to protect themselves against influenza. “This year’s flu season has been particularly hard hitting in some parts of the country,” said Maryrose Coughlin, the

Foundation shoots for the stars at 3rd Oscar Night
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will be returning to the red carpet on Sunday, Feb. 24, for its third annual An Evening With Oscar fundraiser. The popular event will feature new attractions this year, according to CIMC Foundation President Carol

Grant will help medical center fight obesity
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center will soon have new tools to fight obesity, thanks to a two?year, $200,000 grant from the UniHealth Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and

Mammograms available at CIMC
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Mammograms will be available at Catalina Island Medical Center next week. Appointments for the screenings, widely considered the most effective tool in diagnosing breast cancer, are still available. Appointments can be made between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. both Monday,

Mammograms will be available Nov. 26 and 27
Friday, November 16, 2012
Mammograms will be available at Catalina Island Medical Center at the end of the month. On Nov. 26 and 27, the screenings, widely considered the most effective tool in diagnosing breast cancer, will be available. Appointments will be available between

Medical Center to host flu shot clinics
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center will host a series of flu shot clinics beginning next week. The first clinic will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. Additional clinics will be held Friday, Oct. 19, between 8 and 11

Parsons returns to medical center
Monday, September 24, 2012
Popular Family Nurse Practitioner Karla Parsons has returned to Catalina Island Medical Center. Parsons, who studied nursing at the University of Southern California and is board certified, is available for patient appointments three days a week at the Catalina Island

Grant will help fund new x-ray equipment
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center’s plans to purchase new x-ray equipment got a major boost recently, thanks to a grant received by the CIMC Foundation. Last week, the Ahmanson Foundation, a major Los Angeles philanthropic organization, gave $25,000 in support of

CIMC adds cardiovascular services
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center patients now have access to top mainland cardiologists, thanks to a new partnership with HeartScape Cardiovascular Center of Orange County. That partnership, the Catalina Cardiovascular Center, will bring specialty physician visits, consultations and new services, including

J. Paul DeMyer named new AMDC chair
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
J. Paul DeMyer has recently been named as the chair of the Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Directors. The AMDC board, which is appointed by the Avalon City Council, is responsible for the operations and finances of Catalina Island

Maryrose Coughlin managing medical group
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Patients at the physician offices at Catalina Island Medical Center may have noticed a new smiling face. Last month, Maryrose Coughlin joined the Catalina Island Medical Center team as the manager of the medical group office. The east coast native has

John Friel to take helm at medical center
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This summer will bring a new chapter to Catalina Island Medical Center, when John Friel takes charge as the facility’s new chief executive officer. The Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Directors, which oversees the hospital, chose Friel from a field

Medical center takes healthy step
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center has taken a major step to improve the health of both its patients and its staff by eliminating smoking on hospital grounds. Smoking will soon be prohibited at any location on the hospital campus, which ranges from

Medical center business office cares for patients
Monday, June 04, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center’s physicians, nurses and other medical providers aren’t the only ones caring for patients. CIMC’s business office, headed by Manager Michelle Jaeger, also helps patients receive the care they need. While overseeing billing and collections are her responsibilities,

Medical Center front entry gets facelift
Monday, June 04, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center’s entry was recently updated, with a new door, new windows and updated signage. According to hospital CEO Bryan Ballard, the new entry way provides a more modern look that more accurately reflects the modern services available at

Medical Center residents visit museum
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Catalina Island Medical Center patients recently enjoyed a private tour of the Catalina Island Museum. Activities Coordinator Linda Rhoutsong organized the trip with the help of nurses Olivia Mello and Sungar Foster, CNA Emma Sanchez and volunteer Kathy Troeger. “The residents

Health Fair to feature new information and services
Friday, April 13, 2012
This year, the Catalina Community Health Fair will extend beyond the Casino Ballroom. Mercy Air, which provides most of the med-evacs from the island, will have one of the company’s helicopters on site in the parking area adjacent to the

CIMC CARES team strives for excellence
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Registered Nurse Santa Dominguez has been chosen to join Clinical Laboratory Scientist Lyra Garrido as co-chairs of Catalina Island Medical Center’s CARES Team. The CARES team emphasizes improving patients’ experiences and perceptions by giving employees and medical staff the tools to

Ultrasound screenings will available at health fair
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Dozens of providers will be available to improve the health of the Catalina community on Thursday, April 19. Catalina Island Medical Center’s Catalina Community Health Fair will be held in the Casino Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One of the

Health Fair will be held April 19
Sunday, April 01, 2012
The Catalina Island Health Fair attracts nearly 10 percent of Avalon's population. Those hundreds of individuals are there to improve their health through a variety of free and low-cost health screenings as well as complimentary health

Volunteers needed for 2012 Health Fair
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Volunteers for the 2012 Catalina Island Health Fair are now being registered. “Volunteers are definitely needed the day of the event,” said Health Fair Organizer Dawn Sampson. “We also need people to help organize and set up for the health

Foundation to produce sequel to Oscar night
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will be returning to the red carpet and the Catalina Island Yacht Club on Sunday, Feb. 26, for its second annual An Evening with Oscar fundraiser. The popular event, which featured Oscar predictions, a silent

Patients benefit from new therapist’s skills
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
For Pam Kellogg, her job is more than just a career; it’s a gift that allows her to help others live a better life. As Catalina Island Medical Center’s new physical therapist she’s now using that gift to help island patients. “The

Mellon named chief of staff at CIMC
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Catalina Island Medical Center’s medical staff recently elected Dr. Monte Mellon as their medical chief of staff. Mellon was recruited to begin working at CIMC in 2009 and was hired as a permanent staff physician in January 2010. Board certified in

Kaiser execs volunteer at hospital
Monday, November 28, 2011
Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente recently took time out from their yearly offsite meeting to volunteer for local organizations, including the Catalina Island Medical Center. The volunteers spent a morning clearing brush and weeds from the hillside behind the hospital. About 150

Medical Center reaches out with survey
Friday, November 25, 2011
Catalina Island Medical Center wants to know what the community thinks. For the last several months, CIMC has been working with HealthStream Research to document patients’ experiences and perceptions about their care at the facility. “We need to be able to measure

Hospital CEO recertified by national agency
Monday, November 07, 2011
Bryan Ballard, Catalina Island Medical Center’s chief executive officer, has been recertified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. As the national professional organization for healthcare executives, ACHE works to ensure competence and leadership in the field. Fellows

CIMC to host flu shot clinic on Nov. 8
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Catalina Island Medical Center will host a flu shot clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at the medical group office. The flu shots will be available to anyone between the ages of 3 and 18 for $5

Forum will provide information on breast cancer
Monday, October 31, 2011
Local women will have an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer at a Nov. 7 forum sponsored by the Catalina Island Women’s Forum and the Catalina Island Medical Center. Beginning at 6:30 p.m, CIMC Nurse Practitioner Diane Chamberlin will present

CIMC to host flu shot clinic on October 18
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Catalina Island Medical Center will host a flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the medical group office. The flu shots will be available to anyone between the ages of 3 and 18 for

Medical center reaches major digital milestone
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Catalina Island Medical Center recently reached a major objective in its quest to digitize patient records. On Oct. 4, CIMC submitted its 90 Day Meaningful Use attestation, signifying that it had met a significant goal set out by the federal

Gala will benefit CIMC Foundation
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Residents and visitors hoping to experience one of Avalon’s most distinctive homes will soon be able to do so while supporting the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. Blanny Avalon Hagenah will be opening her home, Castillo del Mar, for an

Big crowds bring high patient volumes to CIMC
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
By most accounts, Fourth of July 2011 was a banner holiday. Hotels were full, shops were busy and restaurants were booked. Tens of thousands of visitors enjoyed decorated golf carts, warm weather and fireworks reflected in Avalon Harbor. Those big crowds

Volunteers bring vitality to medical center
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Every Saturday, Chuck Liddell heads to Catalina Island Medical Center to volunteer. Beginning at 11 a.m., he provides worship services for the patients who choose to attend. "This is what you do in a small town," Liddell said. "You help out when

Vision will be focus of eye health seminar
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Catalina Island Medical Center and Ophthalmologist Dr. Jared Younger will host a seminar on eye health Thursday, May 12, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Catalina Country Club's Avalon Bay Room. Younger is a board-certified eye surgeon practicing in Orange County.

Health Fair will be held Wednesday
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Each year, Catalina Island Medical Center fills the Casino Ballroom with local residents who want to be healthier and providers who want to help make that happen. The Catalina Community Health Fair, sponsored by CIMC, attracts about 10 percent of the

Women’s Health Seminar hosted by CIMC
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Local women will have the opportunity to learn more about their health at Catalina Island Medical Center's women's health seminar, scheduled for April 19. Hosted by the Catalina Island Medical Center and the UCLA Women's Health Center, the seminar will include

Health Fair will be held April 20
Monday, April 11, 2011
Catalina Island Health Fair will be held April 20, 2011. Many screenings at the health fair will be available for no charge, including vision, skin cancer and high blood pressure. Other screenings, such as pulmonary function, diabetes and bone density, may have a small charge.

Medical Center seeks patients’ opinions
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Beginning this month, CIMC will have a comprehensive, on-going program to collect feedback from patients. HealthStream, a national organization that works with hundreds of hospitals, will be conducting the outreach through telephone surveys. Patients from the medical group office, emergency

Medical center provides home help services
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Avalon seniors are going to be able to live independently longer, thanks to a home help program at Catalina Island Medical Center.Funded through a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services with funding from the

Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation rolled out the red carpet
Saturday, March 12, 2011
"The event was a success in every sense of the word," CIMC Foundation President Carol Reynolds said. "We had a good turnout, we raised money for the medical center and those who attended had rave reviews." The Catalina Island Medical Center

Mercy Air Helicopter meets with First Responders
Monday, February 28, 2011
When Mercy Air comes to Avalon, time is usually of the essence. There's no time to spend time getting to know one another or time for brainstorming on how to improve service. That was not the case Thursday, Feb. 17,

Foundation to host gala Oscar Night event
Monday, February 14, 2011
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will roll out the red carpet at the Catalina Island Yacht Club on Oscar Night.An Evening With Oscar, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 27, will feature a silent auction, an opportunity drawing and a chance

CIMC begins journey to improve customer service
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Catalina Island Medical Center has recently embarked on a quest that will take it to a new level in providing customer service to its patients. Known as CIMC CARES, the program emphasizes improving patients' experiences and perceptions by giving employees and

CIMC’s long-term care patients enjoy holiday party
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center's long-term care residents and their families celebrated the holidays in style recently at a gala dinner held in their honor in CIMC's Oak Room. Featuring lobster, asparagus and mashed potatoes, the much-enjoyed holiday meal was prepared by

Expectant moms encouraged to expect on mainland
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The final month of pregnancy may have just gotten a bit more complicated for some local pregnant women, all of which are strongly encouraged by their physicians to spend the final four weeks of pregnancy on the mainland. Catalina Island Medical

Mammograms will be available at medical center
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Next week, mammograms will be available at the Catalina Island Medical Center. Inner Images Mammography will be providing a mammography unit and a physician's assistant to conduct the screenings, which are instrumental in detecting breast cancer. The mammograms will be available

Initial donation begins drive for bone density scanner
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Thanks to the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation, local women and men will soon be less susceptible to broken bones.The foundation recently committed to raising the funds to pay for a bone density scanner, a key piece of diagnostic equipment

Regular screenings recommended for women
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
As Catalina Island's busy season winds down, many locals are finding time to take care of their own health.For many, that means an appointment at Catalina Island Medical Center for some routine screenings. Women, according to CIMC's Dr. Tracey Norton,

CIMC to host flu shot clinic on October 28
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center will host a flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the medical group office.The flu shots will be available to anyone age 18 and older at a cost of

Forum will provide information on breast cancer
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Locals and visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer at a November 1 forum organized by the Catalina Island Women's Forum and the Catalina Island Medical Center and hosted by the M Restaurant. Beginning at 6 p.m.,

Drink Pink
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Several local businesses are coming together this weekend to join their patrons and support breast cancer detection. Labeled Drink Pink, the program will dedicate a portion of the proceeds from all pink beverages, such as Cosmopolitans, to the Catalina Island Women's

Local patients choosing their own provider
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Now that Catalina's busy season is winding down, many locals are finding time to take care of their own health. Catalina Island Medical Center's providers give patients a choice in who helps them do that. Three full-time physicians and an on-staff

CIMC appoints new head of patient care services
Saturday, October 09, 2010
The draw of Catalina Island has proven permanent for Catalina Island Medical Center's new Chief of Patient Care Services. Nancy Mattis initially signed on for the position on an interim basis. "Beautiful weather, beautiful island, beautiful ocean - what's not to

CIMC hosts computer class
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center recently hosted a computer class for employees. Covering the basics of Microsoft Word and Outlook, as well as email and other computer functions, the class was attended by about a dozen employees. "As one of the Island's

Medical Center recommends continued immunizations
Monday, July 26, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center physicians are recommending that community members stay on track with their scheduled vaccinations in light of the recent whooping cough epidemic. While there have been no documented cases on the island, CIMC physicians are encouraging residents to

Catalina Island Medical Center residents celebrate Independence Day
Friday, July 16, 2010
As part of an on-going enrichment program, Catalina Island Medical Center Activities Director Linda Rhoutsong arranged an outing for CIMC residents Sara Mullen, Louis Ripple and Dodie Bogard to watch Avalon's Fourth of July parade. "The residents just light up at

CIMC providers take part in school health fair
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center physician Dr. Monte Mellon and Medical Group Case Manager Christie Epperson, shown above at right, as well as several other staff members took time to meet with Avalon Schools students as part of the Children's Health

Lions join Scouts in volunteering at CIMC
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
50 years ago, the Avalon Lions helped build a new, permanent hospital for Catalina. Crafting a stone retaining wall both behind and in front of the hospital, those long-ago Lions helped ensure that island's residents and visitors would have access

Community celebrates CIMC’s 50th
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Hundreds of island residents and supporters converged on Falls Canyon Road May 13 to celebrate Avalon hospital's 50th anniversary. The birthday party-style celebration commemorated the opening of the hospital in 1960. Now known as Catalina Island Medical Center, the hospital

Health Fair breaks attendance records
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
More people attended the Catalina Community Health Fair than ever before. Nearly 500 residents took the time to visit the fair, which was hosted by the Catalina Island Medical Center in the Casino Ballroom. "We couldn't have done it without the

Catalina Island Medical Center celebrates 50th anniversary
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Just over 50 years ago, a dedicated cadre of Islanders had a vision of Avalon with its own hospital.While medical care had been provided at various locations throughout town for decades, these visionaries saw the need for a new, permanent

Health Fair to attract hundreds
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Hundreds of individuals are expected to attend Catalina Island Medical Center's 2010 Catalina Health Fair on Thursday, April 15, in the Casino Ballroom.Dozens of free and low-cost health screenings will be available to the community, as will a number of

Nurse practitioner Diane Chamberlin joins CIMC
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Nurse Practitioner Diane Chamberlin became part of the CIMC team this month. Chamberlin, who has been seeing patients three days a week, will be living on the island the first half of the week and returning to San Pedro the

Electronic tablets take center stage at CIMC
Monday, March 29, 2010
Patients at Catalina Island Medical Center can now see one of the most dramatic changes in the transformation to electronic medical records. During patient visits, providers are now compiling information on electronic tablets rather than paper charts. "Of everything we've done

Health Fair will be held April 15
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center's 2010 Catalina Health Fair will be held on Thursday, April 15, in the Casino Ballroom. This year's fair promises to once again bring dozens of free and low-cost health screenings to the community, as well as

Medical center receives $4,000 from Tuna Club
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Avalon Tuna Club Foundation recently donated more than $4,000 to the Catalina Island Medical Center.The donation, which was the result of a year-end appeal to the Tuna Club members, will help fund CIMC's transition to electronic medical records. According to

Karla Parsons to pursue goal as educator
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center's Family Nurse Practitioner Karla Parsons will be changing her career path to pursue a long-term goal of being a professor of nursing education. Late next month she will leave her part-time position at CIMC and begin a

Medical Center residents enjoy fine dining
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center's Oak Room was transformed into a fine dining venue last Friday night, thanks to medical center employees and local volunteers. Live music, fine china, and decadent centerpieces set the stage for the evening, which was designed as

H1N1 vaccines available at CIMC
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Catalina Island Medical Center has H1N1 vaccine available for anyone ages four and up for a cost of $5. "We have had a very successful vaccine campaign for both H1N1 and seasonal flu," said CIMC's Director of Clinic Services Shawn

Hospital CEO’s contract renewed
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Directors voted last week to extend Chief Executive Officer Bryan Ballard's contract by three years. "Bryan has done an excellent job positioning the hospital for the future," said AMDC Chair Rose Ellen Gardner. "This

Dr. Monte Mellon to join CIMC staff
Monday, December 21, 2009
Dr. Monte Mellon is board certified in both family and emergency medicine and has more than 30 years experience working in emergency medicine. The avid boater is very familiar with the island, having visited Avalon both for personal and professional reasons. He

Preschoolers bring holiday cheer
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Preschoolers from PLAY preschool spent time entertaining patients at Catalina Island Medical Center on Friday, December 11th. The preschoolers sang carols and delivered Christmas cards they had made at their school.

Medical Center to host H1N1 vaccine clinic
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center will host a H1N1 vaccine clinic at the Medical Group Office on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The vaccine will be available for anyone ages four and older for a cost of $5.

Medical center receives first shipment of H1N1 vaccine
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center has received its first allotment of vaccine for H1N1. The limited supply of vaccine will be administered to those at high risk, including children and pregnant women, in the afternoons at Catalina Island Medical Group. "The younger population

Computerized electronic records system gets underway
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center recently took a major first step in a process that will transform patient care with computerized medical records in Avalon.Last week, CIMC "flipped the switch" on a program that allows for enterprise-wide scheduling, the first phase

Medical center to offer mammograms
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Mammograms will be available at Catalina Island Medical Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 10-12. Recommended annually for women over the age of 40, mammograms are the most effective screening tool for breast cancer. As part of their wellness programs, many

Additional flu vaccine available at CIMC
Monday, November 02, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center has a received a limited supply of additional seasonal flu vaccine. In October, more than 800 people were vaccinated at a one-day flu vaccine clinic. "The response from the community was very enthusiastic," said Shawn Nemecek,

Hundreds vaccinated at flu shot clinic
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Nearly 900 people have received vaccinations on the island, including more than 800 who received their influenza vaccine at Catalina Island Medical Center's first flu shot clinic. Dozens lined up beginning at 7:30 a.m. to take advantage of the seasonal

Free flu shots October 19
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Anyone who would like a seasonal flu shot may receive one free of charge on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Catalina Island Medical Center. The immunizations will be offered to all ages, except infants less than six months old, between

Medical Center to host flu shot clinic Oct. 19
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center will be providing free flu shots to anyone who would like to be immunized on Monday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shots will be given at the Catalina Island Medical Group office. There

Medical Center monitoring H1N1 situation
Monday, October 05, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center will have the H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine available as soon as it is released to the public. "Catalina Island Medical Center will follow federal guidelines for immunizing against H1N1 and will begin distributing that vaccine

Medical Center provides expects flu vaccine soon
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
As flu season approaches, Catalina Island Medical Center providers are hoping that island residents will take the opportunity to be vaccinated against the disease, as well as use common sense hygiene to help combat the illness. "We all have a responsibility

Seasonal flu vaccine will be widely available
Thursday, September 17, 2009
County officials expect that Catalina Island Medical Center will receive its allocation of influenza vaccine sometime in September. Once the vaccine has been received, a one-day event will be scheduled at the medical group in order to vaccinate as many

CIMC begins search for new doctor
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Dr. Pabers announced his intention to terminate his contract with the Avalon Medical Development Corporation board, Board Chair Rose Ellen Gardner said. The board accepted his resignation and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

Doctor visits part of back to school preparations
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Going back to school may be the last thing that many Avalon Schools students want to think about, but preparations should be well under way, especially if back to school means a back-to-school appointment at Catalina Island Medical Group. With hundreds

Medical Center’s nurses
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The life and death drama of a trauma unit. Comforting a small child facing a painful procedure. Reaching out with a human touch at the end of a life. Whether it's the emergency department, the pediatrics unit or a skilled

H1N1 widespread in California
Saturday, August 08, 2009
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, levels of influenza-like illnesses are higher than normal for this time of year and much of that activity is related to novel H1N1, commonly referred to as swine flu. The disease,

Auxiliary donates funds for medic alert bracelets
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center's diabetic case management program received a boost recently when the Avalon Hospital Auxiliary donated $600 to purchase medic alert bracelets for the program's participants. "The Auxiliary graciously agreed to fund the Medic Alert bracelets," said medical center

Sports physicals to be offered at CIMC
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Group will be offering sports physicals for Avalon Schools students on July 17 and 20. The physicals, which are required for all students who will be taking part in school-sponsored sports programs during the school year, will be

Medical Center employees build buckets
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center's employees and their families are better prepared in case of disaster, thanks to an innovative partnership between CIMC and Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Burt Lyon. Lyon is organizing a local Build A Bucket program, which provides

CIMC celebrates West End Clinic opening
Saturday, June 13, 2009
On Friday, June 5, Catalina Island Medical Center celebrated a day that was many years in the making. After more than five years of development, the opening of the West End Clinic was commemorated with an event at Two Harbors.

Josie Vickers is living her dream
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Catalina Island Medical Center’s newest registered nurse has wanted to work in health care since she was a small child. “I have wanted to do something in the medical field since I was very young,” she said. That desire to

Hundreds attend annual health fair
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Hundreds of local residents invested in their health last Thursday at Catalina Island Medical Center’s annual Health Fair. According to Health Fair organizer Dawn Sampson 2009 was one of the most successful health fairs ever, both in terms of the

Record number of providers to attend fair
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
For the first time, those who attend the Catalina Community Health Fair will be able to be screened for their potential risk for stroke. As one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, stroke is

Advanced training helps nurses save lives
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
On Saturday, Catalina Island Medical Center's nurses gathered in the hospital's Oak Room. Joined by Dr. Laura Ulibarri, the nurses spent the day sharpening their skills and honing their abilities in pediatric advanced life support. "Continuing education is an essential part of

West End Clinic to open April 4
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Beginning Saturday, April 4, Catalina Island Medical Center will be operating a monthly medical clinic at Two Harbors. Whether it's a routine physical, a follow-up appointment or management of a chronic condition, West End residents will no longer have to

Low-cost blood tests a big attraction at fair
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
One of the easiest ways for doctors to gather information to help in determining a patient's overall health is to order a blood test, which can be utilized to diagnosis a wide variety of medical problems. Blood tests, however, can

Health Fair attendees can build a bucket
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Local residents who attend this year's Catalina Health Fair, scheduled for April 23, will have the opportunity to make sure that they and their families are prepared in case of disaster. Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Burt Lyon will be attending the

LA BioMed’s Catalina Women’s Health Care Clinic Serves the Uninsured on the Island
Sunday, March 08, 2009
The Catalina Women's Health Care Clinic is providing confidential, free and reduced-cost family planning and reproductive health care services to uninsured women, men and teens two days a month at the Catalina Island Medical Center, 100 Falls Canyon Road. The clinic,

Downey residents return to Catalina Island
Friday, March 06, 2009
Each year, CIMC hosts a series of new physicians who are part of Downey Regional Medical Center's Family Practice Residency Program. Between March and October, these third-year residents spend three to four weeks seeing patients on the island as part

New pricing structure should appeal to patients at Catalina Island Medical Center
Friday, February 27, 2009
Patients who receive ancillary laboratory, x-ray and physical therapy services at Catalina Island Medical Center may be pleasantly surprised when they next receive a bill. Thanks to a recent re-engineering of the hospital's charging methodology, the medical center's charges for services

Volunteers needed for 2009 Health Fair
Monday, February 16, 2009
Volunteers for the 2009 Catalina Island Health Fair are now being registered. Volunteers are definitely needed the day of the event, said Health Fair Organizer Dawn Sampson. "We also need people to help organize and set up for the health

New program will help diabetic patients
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Funded through a federal grant, the cornerstone of the program is a diabetic case manager who will be responsible for monitoring the medical care of the island's diabetic patients. Melissa Murano Harrell will be working with other members of the Catalina

Spreading the holiday cheer at CIMC
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Island residents looking for a last minute way to spread a little holiday cheer may do so at Catalina Island Medical Center. The hospital's skilled nursing facility is a home away from home for up to seven patients, all of which

Free flu vaccines now available at medical group
Monday, December 01, 2008
Each year, Los Angeles County provides a supply of free influenza vaccines for certain individuals. "They are people who are high risk for serious flu complications and people who live with or care for those who are at high risk,"

Nemecek takes the helm at medical group
Friday, November 21, 2008
Catalina Island Medical Group, the doctors' office portion of the Catalina Island Medical Center, recently welcomed Shawn Nemecek as its new medical group office manager. With a work and education background in both business administration and medical care, Nemecek brings an

Mammograms will be available at medical center
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Next week, mammograms will be available at Catalina Island Medical Center. Inner Images will be providing a mammography unit and a physician's assistant to conduct the screenings, which are instrumental in detecting breast cancer. The mammograms will be available between

Community can walk for health Nov. 15
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Held in conjunction with the Catalina Eco-Marathon, the Walk for Health will be composed of a five kilometer course. Participants can either walk or run the course, which will take them from the intersection of Crescent and Sumner avenues to

Jo Swett honored at retirement party
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Jo Swett, who worked as a nurse at Avalon's hospital for more than four decades, was feted at a retirement party at The Landing. Her family, friends, colleagues and patients gathered to wish her well in her retirement and honor

Island preparing for statewide drill
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
On Nov. 13, a massive 7.8 earthquake will shake Southern California to its very core. Buildings will be pulverized, bridges will collapse and emergency services will be pushed beyond their breaking point. At least that's the scenario behind the Great Southern

Veteran medical center nurse to retire
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
When she first started in 1966, humans had yet to walk on the moon, President Lyndon Johnson had just signed the bill that created Medicare and babies were delivered on the island. CT scanners had yet to be patented, heart

Flu shots available this month
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
From Oct. 20 through Oct. 26, Catalina Island Medical Center nurses will be available to administer influenza vaccines from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Post Office Arcade. The vaccines, which will cost $30, are available to anyone who would

Gardner to chair AMDC board
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
As board chair, Gardner will direct the organization, which is responsible for overseeing policy at Catalina Island Medical Center. The AMDC board members, who are appointed by the Avalon City Council, meet monthly to review to review hospital finances, policies

Four Preps help yacht club raise $7,500 for CIMC
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The classic sounds of Bruce Belland and the Four Preps wafted across Avalon Harbor from the Catalina Island Yacht Club Aug. 30 at an end-of-season party and fundraiser. Organized by yacht club Staff Commodore Dr. Bob Herstoff and co-sponsored by the

Auxiliary donates GlideScope
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Whether due to heart attack, chronic respiratory problems or an overdose of medication, occasionally a patient in the emergency room needs to be intubated. That patient is having so much difficulty breathing that a tube needs to be inserted down

New members appointed to board
Monday, September 01, 2008
This summer, three new directors were appointed to the Avalon Medical Development Corporation board, which is responsible for operating the Catalina Island Medical Center. Ross Turner, Debbie Harrell and J. Paul DeMeyer will serve on the board for at least the

Medical Center hosts chamber mixer
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Dozens of local residents were able to meet Catalina Island Medical Center's newest physician and experience the Catalina Island Medical Group's renovated lobby last week when CIMC hosted the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce's monthly business mixer June 19. "Having three

New education program underway at Catalina Island Medical Center
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Local residents with diabetes now have a new tool to help them control their condition. Through a partnership with Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, Catalina Island Medical Center is now offering a diabetes education program via telemedicine. Diabetes, which if not

Dr. Tracey Norton to join CIMC staff
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Beginning this July, Catalina Island Medical Center will have three full-time on island physicians. Dr. Tracey Norton will join Dr. Laura Ulibarri and Dr. John Pabers at CIMC as the final addition to the Medical Center's plans of having a

Cholesterol Challenge will bring better health to island residents
Monday, May 05, 2008
Beginning this month, Catalina Island residents will have a new way to live a healthier lifestyle. The Catalina Cholesterol Challenge kicks off with a luncheon on Friday, May 16. Sponsored by the Catalina Island Medical Center, the six-month program will offer education,

Hundreds to attend Catalina Health Fair
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Last minute preparations are underway for Catalina Island Medical Center's annual Catalina Health Fair, which will be held Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Casino Ballroom. "I'm really impressed with the number of providers this year,"

Catalina Health Fair April 17
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
On Thursday, April 17, hundreds of people will get healthier. Catalina Island Medical Center's popular Catalina Health Fair will take over the Casino Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering low-cost medical screenings and information about health issues. "It's interesting that

Medical Center provides screening to 76
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
For nearly 80 people, a simple prick of the finger was all it took to have a better understanding of their health. Last Tuesday and Wednesday, Catalina Island Medical Center offered free diabetes screening to 76 people in the post

Diabetes screening will be offered
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Catalina Island Medical Center will be offering free diabetes screening in the post office arcade Tuesday, March 25, and Wednesday, March 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. The screening, which includes a pinprick on a fingertip, provides a blood glucose level,

Donations sought for health fair
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Each year, the Catalina Health Fair fills the Casino Ballroom with health care providers, volunteers and local residents. Free screenings, health information and low-cost health tests provide care to hundreds of individuals. "The health fair is only possible because so many

Medical center to offer free diabetes testing
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Catalina Island Medical Center will be offering free screenings for one of the most common health concerns in the United States. Diabetes affects seven percent of the United States population - nearly 21 million people. Of those, according to the American

Medical Center CEO to chair state committee
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Catalina Island Medical Center will be taking a more prominent role with the hospital industry in California, thanks to a recent appointment at an industry association. Bryan Ballard, Catalina Island Medical Center's CEO, has been elected to chair the California

Planning begins for 2008 Health Fair
Monday, February 04, 2008
Planning has begun for the one of Catalina Island's most popular events. Catalina Island Medical Center's 2008 Health Fair will be held on Thursday, April 17 at the Casino Ballroom. "Each year the health fair attracts about 10 percent of the

Local volunteer appointed to state organization
Monday, February 04, 2008
Catalina Island Medical Center has another voice at the state health care level thanks to the recent appointment of a local resident. Rose Ellen Gardner was appointed to the California Hospital Association's Governance Forum. CHA is a professional organization that

Medical center to host seminar for couples
Monday, January 28, 2008
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Catalina Island Medical Center will be hosting a seminar that will help couples take better care of each other. "Love Longer, Live Longer" will explore several health risks and the measures spouses or significant others

Medical center offers West End health fair
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Catalina Island Medical Center will be offering a mini-health fair for West End residents on Friday, Feb. 1. Featuring free screenings for a number of diseases and conditions, the fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at

Medical center helps patients see clearly
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A new retinal imaging camera and a partnership with Loma Linda University Medical Center will help many Catalina Island Medical Center patients protect their vision. Medical Group staff are now able to use an Aris Retinal Imaging Camera to scan patients'

Medical center debuts new website
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Catalina Island Medical Center recently introduced a new website, www.CatalinaIslandMedicalCenter.org. Featuring a number of services for patients, the new site should make the medical care more accessible to the Catalina Island community. Medical center services are profiled on the site, including

Bringing holiday cheer to CIMC
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Being hospitalized can be a challenge at the best of times, but during the holidays it can be particularly difficult. Thanks to the Christmas spirit of the island community, Catalina Island Medical Center's skilled nursing facility patients often have a little

CIMC prepares for disaster
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thanks to a disaster-planning grant, Catalina Island Medical Center, as well as the city of Avalon, will soon be better prepared for a range of disasters. Last week, disaster-planning consultant David Rykken, spent a week on the island in order to

Flu vaccine program continues at medical group
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
After more than 200 shots given, Catalina Island Medical Center's program of offering flu vaccines in the Post Office Arcade has come to a close for this year. "We're extremely pleased with the response to the program," said Chief of Patient

Donated stock benefits medical center
Sunday, November 25, 2007
For Betty and Henry Halverson, the decision of where to donate appreciated stock was an easy one. The couple are lifelong supporters of the island and believe in the importance of local health care. "I've been supporting the hospital since

CIMC Foundation receives donation
Friday, November 23, 2007
The Catalina Island Yacht Club recently donated $3,000 to the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. Part of an on-going commitment of support, the donation was presented to Foundation Chairman Rudy Piltch by Bob Herstoff, who is both a board member

Flu program attracts widespread acclaim
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Catalina Island Medical Center's Flu Voucher Program has been more successful than anticipated, attracting dozens of local employees whose employers are investing in their health. "We've had a great response," said Michelle Jaeger, CIMC's business office manager. "Many smaller companies have

Medical Center participates in state-wide drill
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Catalina Island Medical Center recently participated in a state-wide disaster drill. The drill, which was held Oct. 25, simulated a statewide outbreak of pneumonic plague. Some of those infected with the deadly disease came to the island and went to

Staying ahead of influenza
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
by John Pabers, MD Every year, now that our species has developed the capacity to recognize it, the phenomenon of influenza begins its tutorial on evolution.  Constantly adapting to our own natural immunity, and our attempts to bolster this immunity with

Mammograms available at Catalina Island Medical Center
Sunday, October 28, 2007
For the first time in several years, mammograms will be available on Catalina Island. Between Nov. 3 and 5, the screenings, widely considered the most effective tool in diagnosing breast cancer, will be available at Catalina Island Medical Center. Annual mammograms

New program offers employee immunizations
Friday, October 26, 2007
Catalina Island businesses can provide flu shots for their employees thanks to a program through Catalina Island Medical Center. By distributing a voucher available from the medical center, employers can encourage their employees to get immunized at either the Catalina

Breast Cancer forum offers information
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
About three dozen local women were able to learn more about breast cancer, thanks to the Catalina Island Women's Forum and the Catalina Island Medical Center. On Monday, Oct. 15, the two organizations co-sponsored a breast cancer awareness forum. The forum featured

Forum will provide information on breast cancer
Monday, October 08, 2007
Local women will have an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer at an Oct. 15 forum sponsored by the Catalina Island Women's Forum and the Catalina Island Medical Center. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the forum will feature stories from

Flu shots will be available in November
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Next month, hundreds of island residents will be taking a simple step to keep themselves healthier. Catalina Island Medical Center will begin distributing flu shots in early November and those shots will ensure that many locals avoid the fever, aches

Medical Center receives $5,300 from yacht club
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation recently received a $5,300 donation from the Catalina Island Yacht Club. As one of its final events of the season, the yacht club held a road rally, which allowed members to compete for prizes

Yacht Club members support CT scanner
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Efforts to fund the Catalina Island Medical Center's new CT scanner got a boost recently, thanks to a donation from the Catalina Island Yacht Club Auxiliary. Frequent visitors and island home owners Sheryle Fipp and her husband Tom presented the $1,000

Coast Guard tours medical center
Monday, September 03, 2007
Mercy Air may be the first call made when a patient needs to be med-evaced off the island, but it is definitely not the only option available for Catalina Island Medical Center. The United States Coast Guard is another resource

Catalina resident celebrates a century of life
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
There may not have been 100 candles on a birthday cake, but residents, family members and Catalina Island Medical Center staff certainly knew the importance of Saturday, August 25. Medical center resident Izetta Boyd celebrated her 100th birthday with a party

Community spends time at medical center
Thursday, August 23, 2007
More than 100 people visited Catalina Island Medical Center on August 16 to meet the center's new physicians and learn about its new technology. Those who attended the evening event were able to experience Catalina Island Medical Center's new Siemens CT

CT scanner begins operations
Sunday, August 12, 2007
It may have just arrived last month, but it's already saving lives. Catalina Island Medical Center's new CT scanner was put through its paces the first week it was here; with more than 50 volunteers undergoing scans so that CIMC's

Community invited to event at CIMC
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Catalina Island Medical Center is inviting the community to experience some of its more dramatic changes on Thursday, August 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. With three full-time, on-island physicians and a new CT scanner, the medical center has many improvements

CT scanner arrives on island
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Catalina Island Medical Center's new CT scanner recently arrived on the island, thanks to the generosity of Catalina Freight Lines. Last Wednesday the 33,000-pound scanner made the crossing aboard a special barge run. "Rich Coffee was kind enough to donate the

State of the art EKG machine in service at CIMC
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Thanks to the generosity of a local service club and a local family, Catalina Island Medical Center now has a new EKG machine. Funds for the machine, which arrived this month, were donated by the Avalon Rotary and by Frank and

Local graduate learning the ropes at CIMC
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
For Ashley Kennedy, the physical therapy department at Catalina Island Medical Center is more than just a place for island residents to get better. It's also helping her chart a course for her future. Kennedy, who graduated from Avalon High School

New laboratory scientist joins CIMC
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Lyra Garrido's new job at Catalina Island Medical Center brings together a new love and an old passion. The laboratory scientist made her first visit to Catalina when she accepted the job offer at the medical center and quickly fell

Dr. John Pabers joins medical team
Monday, July 09, 2007
For Dr. John Pabers, Catalina Island Medical Center is a perfect match. With board certifications in both family practice and emergency medicine, the physician's training and background are ideally suited to the scope of work on the island. This month, he

Dr. Fisher joins medical center team
Sunday, July 01, 2007
You could say that music is what brought Dr. Darryl Fisher to Avalon. The experienced MD has just signed a contract to become one of Catalina Island Medical Center's full time, on-island physicians. He's been working alternate weeks at CIMC

Ulibarri signs on as full-time physician
Monday, June 25, 2007
One of Catalina Island Medical Center's popular part-time physicians has signed on to make her position full-time and permanent. Dr. Laura Ulibarri, who has been working at CIMC since last year, will be one of the medical center's three full-time

Downey’s resident program serves Catalina
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Every year, between March and October, Catalina Island Medical Center hosts a class of new doctors. For three to four weeks, each of these doctors works on the island as part of the family practice residency program at Downey Regional

Reed completes ultrasound training
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Price Reed, Catalina Island Medical Center's director of diagnostic imaging, has recently returned to the island after completing an intensive month-long ultrasound training program in Alabama. Reed attended the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics, a technical school in Mobile, Alabama. "It's one

Medical center begins drive for new CT scanner
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
For Rudy Piltch, the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation's chairman, CIMC's need for a CT scanner became personal on the day before the fire. Piltch, a long-time island resident, suffered a stroke May 10. "My right leg started feeling numb at

New health services will be offered for women
Monday, May 28, 2007
Catalina Island women will soon have another option for their health care. In mid-June, Catalina Island Medical Center will host every-other-week visits from a midwife. Donna Fritz, LM, CPM, will be offering medical care to island women in all stages

Blairs match Rotary donation
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Thanks to the generosity of a local service club and a family of island supporters, the Catalina Island Medical Center will soon have a new EKG machine. Dr. Frank and Ruth Blair recently made an $8,000 donation matching the $8,000 donated

Spring heats up sting risk
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Warmer temperatures and bigger crowds are just a few of the signs of the season on the island. Another sign of the season is probably buzzing around your soda can. Although they are commonly misidentified as bees, Catalina's yellow jackets are

Health fair reaches hundreds
Monday, April 23, 2007
Nearly 10 percent of the Avalon community attended the Catalina Island Health Fair last week. "We had a wonderful response," said organizer Dawn Sampson. "It's great to know that so many people want to improve their health." With more than 100

New physician to begin work at CIMC
Monday, April 23, 2007
Dr. John Pabers will begin work as one of Catalina Island Medical Center's full-time physicians on July 1. The University of Maryland-educated physician has an ideal combination of experience and training, according to CIMC Chief Executive Officer Bryan Ballard. "He brings

Health fair will include mainland hospital docs
Monday, April 09, 2007
Catalina Island residents and visitors will have an unprecedented opportunity to consult with a wide range of specialists and medical providers at this year's health fair, thanks to the participation of two mainland hospitals. Both Little Company of Mary and Downey

Medical Group offers expanded hours
Monday, April 09, 2007
Catalina Island Medical Group is now open late to serve the community every Wednesday evening. "We're pleased with the community's response to our new doctors," said Catalina Island Medical Center Administrator Bryan Ballard. "We're glad to respond to the community's request

Bone density screenings will be offered at fair
Sunday, April 08, 2007
One of the most insidious side effects of aging is the slow loss of bone density that can lead to bone breaks and the disability - both permanent and temporary - that goes with them. Osteoporosis has no side effects -

Health fair will include physical therapist
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Catalina Island Medical Center Physical Therapist Jane Davis will be presenting information on body mechanics at the Catalina Island Health Fair April 19. Davis will conduct demonstrations on avoiding injuries and will also be available to answer general questions. Her

Foundation presents “Oscar” to supporter
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Ken Putnam got an Oscar recently, thanks to his enthusiastic "role" in a recent fund-raising event as well as his donation to the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. The Oscar, which is inscribed "Best Supporting Restaurateur," was presented to the

Supply manager finds whatever is needed
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Daniel Torres never knows what he's going to need to get next. As the central supply manager at Catalina Island Medical Center, Torres is responsible for finding a source for everything needed at the hospital. From surgical instruments to office

New Medi-Cal requirements impact Avalon
Thursday, March 01, 2007
A Medi-Cal program is causing confusion both for patients and providers, particularly in Avalon. Catalina Island residents who are receiving Medi-Cal recently received a packet announcing the state agency's managed care program. The packet includes two forms that must be

Community can dine out and raise funds Sunday
Monday, February 19, 2007
Catalina residents and visitors will be able to raise money for the Catalina Island Medical Center this Sunday just by having lunch or dinner. Thanks to the generosity of Ken Putnam, the owner of The Landing Bar and Grill, one

Health fair volunteers needed
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Catalina Island Medical Center needs your help to make the island community healthier. Each year, nearly 10 percent of the island population takes advantage of the various services offered at the Catalina Community Health Fair. The Catalina Island Medical Center

Foundation and The Landing to raise funds
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation is teaming up with The Landing Bar and Grill to raise funds on Sunday, Feb 25. Throughout the day on Feb. 25, The Landing will donate a portion of the proceeds to the foundation, which

Yacht Club foundation donates to medical center
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation recently accepted a generous donation from the Catalina Island Yacht Club. "We're gratified to accept the yacht club's donation and their continued support," said Catalina Island Medical Center Administrator Bryan Ballard. "There are a number

Lions Club continues to support CIMC
Sunday, January 14, 2007
The Avalon Lions continued its on-going commitment of support to Catalina Island Medical Center recently with a $6,000 donation.Used to fund the renovation of a Lions supported patient room, the check is the second installment of an $18,000 commitment.   

Quest Foundation offers support
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Catalina Island has a new resource for burn victims, thanks to the Firefighters Quest for Burn Victims, a foundation developed by firefighters to benefit those impacted by fire. Quest members visited the island last week to meet with Catalina Island

Community invited to farewell party
Monday, December 11, 2006
Island residents and visitors are invited to attend a farewell celebration for Catalina Island Medical Center Administrator Bill Greene. Greene, who will be retiring at the end of the year, has overseen CIMC for the last six years. Under his

Free vaccines available for expanded age groups
Monday, December 11, 2006
Thanks to clarification from Los Angeles County, Catalina Island Medical Center is now able to offer the flu shot free to anyone aged 50 and older. Previously, CIMC had been providing the vaccine for free to those aged 65 and

Volunteers needed to spread holiday cheer
Monday, December 11, 2006
Avalon residents have an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for some of their neighbors this holiday season. Catalina Island Medical Center currently has seven full-time residents in its skilled nursing facility. All of the residents appreciate efforts of community members

Flu vaccines continue to be available at CIMC
Monday, December 04, 2006
Catalina Island Medical Center continues to have flu vaccine available for anyone who needs it. The vaccine is provided free of charge by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for anyone who meets certain guidelines. This year,

Visitors fill up with donations
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Thanks to the generosity of Catalina's visitors, Leo's Drugstore was able to donate nearly $1,000 to Catalina Island Medical Center. Leo's owner, Bill Paige, has continued a tradition begun by previous owner Harry Brown. During the summer months, visitors can

Medical Center has flu shots available
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Going to the post office just got better for you. Throughout November Catalina Island Medical Center will be offering flu shots in the post office. The immunizations will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. six days a week,

Ballard to take helm at CIMC
Monday, October 30, 2006
When Catalina Island Medical Center Administrator Bill Greene retires at the end of the year, he will be handing over the helm of the hospital to Bryan Ballard. Hired by the Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Directors, with the

Flu vaccine will be available at CIMC in November
Monday, October 09, 2006
For the last couple of years, individuals who wanted to avoid the flu were left scrambling for flu shots thanks to an erratic supply of vaccine from government and private sources. That's not the case this year. Health agencies are

CT scanner returns to service
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
One of Catalina Island Medical Center's most definitive diagnostic tools is now back in service. CIMC's CT scanner, which has been inoperable for several months, began serving patients again on August 29. Since then, physicians have been

Foundation elects new officers
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
On August 23 a new slate of officers took the helm of the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. "I'm excited to see the enthusiasm that the new officers have," said Catalina Island Medical Center Administrator Bill Greene. "With new

Telemedicine adds new services at CIMC
Monday, August 07, 2006
Dawn Sampson recently had a conversation with a television. Catalina Island Medical Center's licensed clinical social worker was discussing her patients' anticipated needs with psychiatrist Dr. Jagdeep Garewal. Garewal, who was in Bakersfield, and Sampson, who was in CIMC's Oak

Grant will allow CIMC to add services
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Catalina Island Medical Center will soon be able to serve the community in new ways, thanks to a three-year federal grant. Telemedicine, a clinic at Two Harbors and the possibility of offering addiction treatment services will all be addressed through

Physician search continues at CIMC
Sunday, May 21, 2006
This summer Catalina Island Medical Center patients may be seeing physicians who could become familiar faces. At least two of the locum tenens who will be working at the medical center in the near future are candidates for the full-time

New analyzer will save lives
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Catalina Island Medical Center's laboratory now has a new way to determine a patient's cardiac status, thanks to the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. The foundation recently purchased a troponin analyzer to supplement the hematology analyzer currently in use. Troponin

Health Fair Improves Community’s Health
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Nearly 10 percent of Avalon's population took advantage of the services offered at the Catalina Island Health Fair. Held in the Casino Ballroom on April 27, the health fair offered free and low-cost health screenings from dozens of mainland and

Jo Swett hopes to be oldest nurse in state
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Nearly 40 years ago, Jo Swett saw an ad that changed her life. The young nurse was working at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance when a Los Angeles Times help wanted ad for nurses at Avalon Hospital caught her eye.

Blood work will be available at 2006 health fair
Sunday, April 09, 2006
One of the easiest ways for doctors to determine a patient's overall health is to order a blood test, which can be used to diagnosis a wide variety of medical problems. Blood tests, however, can be expensive. On April 27,

Social worker to offer counseling services
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Catalina Island Medical Center is now offering mental health services. Dawn Sampson, who received her masters in social work in 2001, recently became a licensed clinical social worker - a designation that required that Sampson provide 3,200 hours of supervised

Agencies train at emergency preparedness drill
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
On Thursday, March 9, terrorists were flying overhead, pitched gun battles were taking place in Avalon Canyon and radioactive material was contaminating people and equipment alike. At least that's what was taking place in the imaginations of dozens of

Cardiologist will be available at health fair
Monday, March 13, 2006
The normal two-beat rhythm of our heart is something most of us take for granted. That can all change when something isn't right. Cardiologist Dr. Michael Moran, who has been seeing patients at Catalina Island Medical Center once a month

Physician search underway
Monday, March 13, 2006
Catalina Island Medical Center's physician recruitment team continues to interview candidates to work alongside Dr. Paul Heiderscheidt. The new physician will replace Dr. Jeannette Currie, who will be leaving the island at the end of March. Currie, who began work at

Denise Pereyra takes over as Medical Group manager
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Denise Pereyra likes finding solutions that make people happy. That affinity serves her well as the new manager of the Catalina Island Medical Group. "I like solving problems for people," Pereyra said. "It feels good to make a difference." Pereyra moved

Health fair saves local mother’s life
Monday, February 27, 2006
Rebecca Twiss almost didn't go to last year's Catalina Community Health Fair. Deciding to go saved her life. "It's really important for people to take time to take care of themselves," she said. "If I hadn't taken that time it

Audiologists will check hearing at Health Fair
Sunday, February 12, 2006
For nearly a decade, Catalina Island residents who aren't sure about the sound of things have been turning to Allied Hearing Services. Audiologist Marilyn Noble and her staff offer hearing testing, hearing devices, earmolds for music and watersports and hearing

Preparations begin for health fair
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Plans are underway to make nearly 10 percent of the island community healthier. Each year, between 350 and 400 residents are served by the various health care providers at the Catalina Community Health Fair. The Catalina Island Medical Center sponsors and

Activities program receives donation
Monday, January 09, 2006
Some of Avalon's oldest residents will have more to do, thanks to a recent donation to the Catalina Island Medical Center's activities program. "I like to do for people," said Florence Franklin, who gave the program $5,000. Florence and her husband John

Rotarians tour CIMC laboratory
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Several Avalon Rotarians had the opportunity recently to see the results of their hard work. On Wednesday, Jan. 4, demonstrations of Catalina Island Medical Center's new hematology analyzer were offered after the weekly Rotary meeting. Those who attended also were

Medicare answers available online
Monday, January 02, 2006
All around the country, seniors are scratching their heads in confusion, sighing in exasperation and throwing their hands up in frustration over Medicare Part D, Medicare's new prescription drug benefit. "Many people are having trouble selecting a plan throughout the country,"

Heiderscheidt begins seeing patients
Monday, December 19, 2005
Catalina Island's newest physician, Dr. Paul Heiderscheidt, began seeing patients at Catalina Island Medical Center on Monday. Heiderscheidt, who moved to the island with his wife, Jasmine, relocated from the Republic of Palau, an archipelago in the south Pacific. "Dr. Heiderscheidt

Flu shots offered in post office
Friday, December 16, 2005
Amidst the bake sales, raffle tickets and package pick-up that normally happens in the post office arcade, Island residents and visitors can now get a flu shot Catalina Island Medical Center began a pilot program Dec. 16 offering influenza vaccines near

Avalon can make the holidays jollier for patients
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Amid the rush of family travel, holiday baking, Christmas shopping, holiday parties, Christmas card writing, gift wrapping and holiday decorating, it can sometimes be easy to forget that many people's holidays may not be quite as jolly. While the medical care

CIMC vaccinating against flu
Monday, November 21, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Group continues to have an adequate supply of flu shots. "Flu vaccines continue to be effective as long as the flu season lasts," said Doreen Macktal, director of patient care services. "Typically that is until the spring." The flu

New physician to join CIMC team in December
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Center's new physician is quite familiar with life on a Pacific island. For the last three years Dr. Paul Heiderscheidt has been working in the Republic of Palau, an archipelago in the southeastern Pacific. The family practice physician is

Flu vaccine will be available next week
Monday, October 31, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Group personnel expect to receive their first shipment of flu vaccine sometime next week. "We should receive it between Nov. 7 and Nov. 15," said Doreen Macktal, director of patient care services. "Appointments will be scheduled when

Avalon continues to assist hurricane victims
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Avalon's latest outpouring of generosity is currently on its way to Alabama. For the last several weeks students from Avalon Schools have been collecting school supplies to donate to fellow students whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Hundreds of

Flu shots will be available later this fall
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Avalon residents are eager to get shot. For the last two weeks, Catalina Island Medical Group patients have been calling in, anxiously awaiting their influenza vaccines. Their anxiety hasn't been helped by some media reports that claim flu shots should be received

Island community reaches out to Katrina victims
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Catalina Island's residents and visitors had the opportunity to touch the lives of those impacted by Hurricane Katrina thanks to a very special relationship between one of the country's largest medical software developers and one of the country's smallest hospitals. That

CIMC will offer diabetes class
Monday, September 05, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Center will be offering a special class about diabetes this Saturday, Sept. 10. Conducted by family nurse practitioner and diabetes educator Carmen Morales-Board, the class will address issues such as diet, checking your blood sugar and what life

Analyzer is cornerstone of CIMC’s laboratory
Sunday, September 04, 2005
A six-month old baby is brought to the emergency room. His parents report that he's been coughing and crying and he has a fever. Figuring out what's wrong starts with a blood test known as a complete blood count. When

Excitement building for Rotary Auction
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
In two weeks, sold will echo through the El Encanto at the Fourth Annual Rotary Auction. Nearly 100 items, including trips, gifts and experiences have been donated and will be auctioned off Friday, Sept. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. at The

Locum docs fill in the gaps
Monday, August 22, 2005
After Dr. Peter Trottier works his final shift at the end of this month, island residents will still be seeing familiar faces when they visit Catalina Island Medical Center. Dr. Jeannette Currie, CIMC's other staff physician, will be alternating working weeks

Doctor visits part of back to school preparations
Monday, August 15, 2005
Going back to school may be the last thing that many Avalon Schools students want to think about, but their parents need to begin making preparations now, especially if back to school means a back-to-school appointment at Catalina Island Medical

Lydia Zacher takes over reins at medical group
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Group has a new manager. Long-time island visitor and part-time resident Lydia Zacher will be moving to the island year round to lead the facility. Catalina Island Medical Group, the doctors' offices portion of Catalina Island Medical Center,

Community to bid farewell to Dr. Trottier
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
After four and a half years serving the medical needs of the Catalina community, Dr. Peter Trottier will be leaving the island. Catalina Island Medical Center, where Trottier has served as chief of staff, will be hosting a farewell party

Medical center prepares for physician interviews
Monday, June 20, 2005
Efforts to find a new physician at Catalina Island Medical Center are well underway. Dr. Peter Trottier, who has worked on the island since May 2001, will be leaving Catalina and his position at CIMC at the end of August. Several advertisements

Donations allow purchase of new analyzer
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Finding out what's wrong just got a little bit easier at Catalina Island Medical Center. CIMC recently purchased a new blood chemistry analyzer to replace an aging piece of equipment that had outlived its usefulness. "The new analyzer is a step forward

Catalina Island Medical Center honors CNAs
Thursday, June 16, 2005
On Friday, June 10, Catalina Island Medical Center honored some of the unsung heroes of medicine. Certified Nurses' Assistants work throughout the day at the medical center, helping patients and working side-by-side with registered nurses. "CNAs are essential at the medical

Local pharmacist fills the prescription at CIMC
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Once a month, Sue Ponce's work environment changes. About every 30 days, the local pharmacist spends a day working at Catalina Island Medical Center. While there, she reviews charts, checks for drug interactions and inventories the medical center's drug supply. It's a

Medical center honors nurses
Monday, May 16, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Center honored its nurses with a luncheon on May 12. The luncheon was to commemorate National Nurses Week, which was held May 6 to 12. "National Nurses Week gives us a great chance to let our nurses know

Dr. Peter Trottier to leave island
Monday, May 09, 2005
After four years serving the patients of Catalina Island Medical Center, Dr. Peter Trottier will be leaving the island at the end of August. Trottier and his wife are expecting their first child in July. She works as a neuro-intensive care

Medical Center prepares for disaster
Monday, May 09, 2005
In the face of disaster, the island community always steps up to help. Oftentimes, the problem is in knowing who's able to step up and just what they are able to do. Robin Cobley, RN, Catalina Island Medical Center's disaster coordinator,

Mammograms to be offered at CIMC
Monday, April 18, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Center will be offering mammograms April 29 and 30 as part of the Catalina Island Health Fair. "This is a vital service to be able to offer to the women of Avalon," Health fair organizer Dawn Sampson said.

Medical Center landscaping gets a helping hand
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Center recently received a bit of beautification from the Catalina Island Conservancy. On Wednesday Conservancy employees and volunteers arrived with dozens of live plants and set to work improving the medical centers landscaping. Most of the plantings were

Health fair screenings will save lives
Monday, April 11, 2005
Diabetes and HIV are two conditions that can only be addressed once they've been diagnosed. Thanks to the Catalina Island Health Fair, hundreds of local residents will be able to make sure those conditions don't impact their lives. "Diabetes and HIV

Dietitian provides support for diabetics
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Diabetes can be a scary diagnosis. No matter what your age, this chronic condition means a change in lifestyle that includes a new diet, added exercise and careful monitoring. In Avalon, residents who get that scary diagnosis have an asset and

TeenCenter teens help beautify medical center
Monday, April 04, 2005
A group of local teens began their spring break at Catalina Island Medical Center. These youths weren't in the emergency room they were volunteering outside the facility, including painting and landscaping. The volunteers were taking part in a larger effort to

Specialists will be a highlight of health fair
Sunday, April 03, 2005
On April 28, Catalina residents and visitors will be able to check the health of their feet, heart and skin, all in one place. Three specialist physicians will be donating their services to ensure the health of those at the Catalina

Construction nears completion at CIMC
Monday, March 28, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Center's renovation project is nearing completion. "The final touches are being placed on the patient rooms," said Administrator Bill Greene. "Things should be completed in the next couple of weeks." Director of Maintenance Bill Vlcan is overseeing the last

Blood work will be available at 2005 health fair
Monday, March 28, 2005
One of the easiest ways for doctors to determine a patient's overall health is to order a blood test, which can be used to diagnosis a wide variety of medical problems. Blood tests, however, can be expensive. On April 28, Catalina

Medical Center kitchen provides more than meals
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Catalina Island Medical Center, taking care of patients involves much more than passing out medications and medical advice. For patients who are at the facility for more than a few hours, three healthy meals a day are part of the

Avalon Lions donate to medical center
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
The Avalon Lions recently elected to use a donation to Catalina Island Medical Center to honor a charter member and a dedicated supporter. Club member Chuck Ginnett and club supporter Jack Finnie, both of whom recently passed away, will have their

Mega-code training prepares staff for emergencies
Sunday, March 06, 2005
On the job training is part of most employees' careers. At Catalina Island Medical Center, that training saves lives. Many of CIMC's non-medical employees gathered in the facility's recently remodeled emergency room for annual training on Feb. 24. Maintenance staff, accounting

Preparations begin for health fair
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Advance planning is already underway for one of Avalon's most popular events. Each year the Catalina Island Health Fair offers medical services to hundreds of community members. Last year the fair provided diabetes screening, blood tests, health information and more to

Learning saves lives at medical center
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
In an emergency seconds matter. And Catalina Island Medical Center is doing everything it can to make sure those seconds have as much life-saving value as possible. Training in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support allow CIMC's nurses

Supervisor Knabe arranges grant for CIMC
Sunday, January 30, 2005
The Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Directors recently received a $25,000 grant from Los Angeles County with the assistance of Supervisor Don Knabe's office. The grant was a result of on-going efforts to raise funds for the Catalina Island Medical

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