Welcome to Long Beach Medical Center. I am pleased to introduce you to the services and qualities that make Long Beach Medical Center unique.
As the primary health care provider for Long Beach Island and the surrounding communities, Long Beach Medical Center is a comprehensive health care organization which includes a 162-bed acute care hospital; a 200-bed skilled nursing facility specializing in rehabilitation medicine; a certified home health care agency and numerous outpatient programs. The Medical Center is a designated Stroke Center. Together, these services allow us to offer what we call our continuum of care – our ability to meet all your health care needs seamlessly, including acute hospitalization, outpatient services, sub-acute care, rehabilitative care or services from home.
Since 1922 Long Beach Medical Center has cared for the residents of our surrounding communities with care, competence, and compassion, our core values. And in recent years, we have initiated a vision to become the first name that comes to mind when people need health care by expanding and improving our services.
This vision has sparked a number of new initiatives that have created many positive changes.
• New highly skilled physicians are joining our staff
• New technology is being introduced
• New programs are starting
• Our new culture continues to blossom and bear fruit. Patient satisfaction scores have never been higher with over 96% of respondents reporting that they would recommend Long Beach Medical Center to a friend or relative.
We continue to upgrade our facilities and services. Just recently we had a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the community to our new acquisitions for our radiology department. This $2 million upgrade includes:
• A new 16 slice CT scanner,
• New radio-fluoroscopy equipment,
• New radiology equipment in our emergency department and the radiology department,
• New ultrasound equipment,
• A Picture Archiving Computer System (PACS) to compliment our expanding electronic medical record system. Now, we are able to supply diagnostic images to attending physicians via the internet in their home or offices any time day or night allowing for quicker diagnosis and earlier treatment.
We installed a new electronic record system in the Emergency Department and are rolling out a total hospital clinical information system that, similar to PACS, will permit physicians and ultimately patients to access medical records online.
We opened a beautifully decorated coffee shop - Café by the Bay - that utilizes a hi-tech vending operation to permit visitors to enjoy a meal or snack 24 hours per day.
We recently opened a modern, comfortable Dialysis Center where residents of the community can have their dialysis treatments close to home in pleasant surrounding with the personal care for which Long Beach Medical Center is known. Residents of the Komanoff Center and future residents who require dialysis may obtain their treatment without having to go outdoors and travel by ambulance to more distant facilities.
Plans are now being finalized to modernize and upgrade many areas of the Medical Center, which I will be writing about in the near future. Please stay tuned.
The Medical Center maintains a strong commitment to training the health care professionals of the future. It sponsors family practice and physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs as well as numerous programs in nursing, social work and other health fields.
These advances and this commitment to the community could not have occurred without the enthusiasm and dedication of our professional staff and employees. Every day I read wonderful anecdotes from our patient satisfaction surveys and from letters about the extraordinary care that they’ve received.
Their comments validate that our core values are not just words on a page but are being lived in all corners of the Medical Center. They represent a culture of caring that has become a hallmark of Long Beach Medical Center. Our promise of Caring for Life ensures that we are here for you and your family for all your health care needs.
Douglas L. Melzer
Chief Executive Officer