St. Mary Medical Center To Build New Patient Tower And Expand Its ER

Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center CEO Carolyn Caldwell announced plans today for a new hospital patient tower and an expanded emergency department. The new tower will feature private rooms, new operating rooms, labor and delivery suites and more. The expanded emergency department will improve patient throughput and include new trauma bays. The hospital is also expanding upon neuroscience, orthopedic, cardiovascular and women’s and children’s services. “These exciting changes further support our mission to provide high-quality health care services to the Long Beach community,” Caldwell stated.


Long Beach Container Terminal To Be Sold

The federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has green-lighted COSCO Shipping Holdings Co.’s proposed purchase of Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL) after both companies agreed to sell Long Beach Container Terminal at the Port of Long Beach. OOIL’s subsidiary, Orient Overseas Carrier Line, currently owns the terminal. Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported that the facility was a point of contention for the committee due to concerns about a state-run Chinese company (COSCO) taking over a U.S. port facility. A statement posted to COSCO’s website yesterday indicated that the committee “has determined that there are no unresolved national security issues” related to COSCO’s purchase of OOIL. According to COSCO, pending the sale, the ownership of Long Beach Container Terminal and its operating entities are to be transferred to a U.S. trust. The sale is expected to close by July 27.



Part Of California’s New Immigration Law Blocked

As part of a preliminary injunction ruling on July 5, a federal judge blocked provisions of California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act, an assembly bill meant to provide workers with protections from immigration enforcement officials. According to the California Chamber of Commerce, the ruling struck down rules that prohibited employers from allowing immigration enforcement officials to enter nonpublic work areas or to obtain company records without a warrant. Under the California law, employers violating these rules would have been subject to fines of up to $10,000. In its ruling, the court found that the act “impermissibly discriminates against those who choose to deal with the federal government.” Most other provisions of the act were upheld.. Most other provisions of the act were upheld.


Golden Shore Medical And Easy Choice Health Plan Form Partnership

Easy Choice Health Plan, Inc. has expanded its network of providers to include Golden Shore Medical Group “to help improve access to care and drive greater health outcomes for members in California,” particularly for its Medicare Advantage members in underserved areas. Golden Shore Medical operates a network of 17 medical clinics, including two in Long Beach formerly operated by Molina Healthcare. Thirteen clinics in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are part of the partnership with Easy Choice, which is owned by Tampa, Florida-based WellCare Health Plans, Inc.


SCAN Grants Donation To Alzheimer’s Family Center

SCAN Health Plan, a Long-Beach based nonprofit health plan and services provider for seniors, announced a $15,000 donation to the Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC), a nonprofit health care center for adults with memory loss. The contribution will fund dementia-specific care for 192 low-income patients at the center’s Huntington Beach location. In addition to care services, AFC also offers no-cost memory screenings to detect possible changes in cognition. SCAN has provided grant funding to the center since 2013.


Councilmember Al Austin To Speak At Neighborhood Breakfast Meeting

Eighth District Councilmember Al Austin is giving an update on his district at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Good Neighbors of North Long Beach, at 7 a.m. July 10 at Spires Restaurant, 1935 Del Amo Blvd.