Breathe Easy Mobile Clinic Makes First Stop in Long Beach Today
2012-05-17 · By Editor
The new 38-foot custom St. Mary Medical Center Breathe Easy Mobile Care Clinic, funded by the Port of Long Beach, will hit the road on Thursday, May 17, with its first official stop at the American Gold Star Manor, a Westside senior resident community, from. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then on May 19, the Mobile Clinic will visit the Long Beach Asthma Resource Fair at Admiral Kidd Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The vehicle is part of the Breathe Easy Mobile Outreach Program launched by St. Mary on March 1, 2012 as the result of an $834,000 Port of Long Beach grant. The Breathe Easy Clinic provides asthma outreach and respiratory diagnostic services to individuals of all ages in communities nearest the Port of Long Beach and its transportation corridors.
“St. Mary Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with asthma and respiratory problems, starting with our local Long Beach community,” said Jyoti Datta, M.D., St. Mary Medical Center Chief of Staff and Pulmonary Disease/Chest Disease Specialist.
“Asthma is a significant public health burden that affects over 230 million people worldwide, including more than 25 million in the United States. St. Mary Medical Center is committed to treating and controlling asthma through ongoing outreach and education via our new Breathe Easy Mobile Care Clinic.”
Dr. Datta added that very soon St. Mary will have the capability of doing non-medicine treatment of difficult asthma in certain patients.
Scheduled Breathe Easy Mobile Care Clinic visits in Long Beach include:
- May 23, Baptist Gardens
- May 24, Covenant Manor
- June 1, Starr King Elementary School
- June 6, California Recreation Center
- June 14, Plymouth West
- June 15, Park Pacific Tower
- June 19, The Breakers
Senior housing facilities, schools, and community centers can refer potentially high-risk, underserved residents to the Breathe Easy Mobile Outreach Program. Over the next 12 months, the expectation is that St. Mary will provide 22,750 units of service. For more information regarding the Breathe Easy Mobile Care Clinic and visits in your area, please call (562) 491-4818.
St. Mary Medical Center and its Foundation, in collaboration with the Port of Long Beach, recognize the need to provide respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses education about care and prevention. The specially outfitted Mobile Care Clinic addresses access to care issues by providing onsite screening, diagnosis and care, respiratory and/or cardiopulmonary tests and treatment to individuals of all ages.
The Port of Long Beach has made great strides in reducing air pollution at the source, and the partnership with St. Mary further demonstrates its commitment to the health and wellbeing of the surrounding community. The grant is part of the Port Grant Programs, which offer funds for projects in the local area to address the health effects of Port operations and to reduce greenhouse gases. For more information, go to www.polb.com/grants.
About St. Mary Medical Center
St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, has provided quality healthcare in Long Beach and the surrounding area since 1923. With more than 500 physicians, 1,456 employees and 389 patient beds, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. For more information, please visit us at www.stmarymedicalcenter.org.