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November 25, 2017 - 8:51am

Articles by Judy Hibbs, For the Catalina Islander

Thanks so much to our customers and patients who have completed one of our patient satisfaction surveys. We have had several requests for evening hours, WE LISTENED, and beginning Wednesday, June 7th, we will be open until 7p.m. If you find it difficult to come to the clinic 8-5p.m. weekdays, now you will have the option of making an appointment on a Wednesday evening.

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.

According to Clinic Manager David Hamlin, “this will mean better service and improved care for patients with these three medical staff members here on the island.”    

In March 2016, Jason Paret, CEO 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.  

By Judy Hibbs

For The Islander

There are an estimated 135 veterans living on Catalina Island. In association with Catalina Island Medical Center, VA Long Beach officials were recently invited to Avalon. Richard Beam, director of public and community affairs for the Long Beach Veterans Affairs brought a group of staff members to the island. Those included the assistant medical director, the clinical and telehealth program manager, a health systems specialist and a non VA care manager, who all came to Avalon on Oct. 27 to meet with island veterans.

The Avalon Medical Development Corporation’s Board of Directors has two new members.

The UC Irvine Health Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce that it began providing emergency room services at Catalina Island Medical Center in Avalon starting Thursday, Sept. 1.

The agreement calls for round-the-clock daily high-level emergency and urgent care evaluation services for 4,500 Catalina Island residents and more than 1 million annual visitors.

Local veterans may now choose a Catalina Island Medical Center physician for their primary care needs rather than traveling across the channel to the Veterans Affairs facility in Long Beach.

In addition, Primary Care, Neurology and Mental Health services will be available for vets at the Medical Center through telehealth videoconferencing with Long Beach VA providers.

Veterans living on the Island may be eligible for the VA Choice Program and elect to receive their Primary Care from a Medical Center physician rather than a VA mainland provider.

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,” said CIMC’s CEO Jason Paret. “She will be an outstanding addition to our medical team.” Dr. Warren is a graduate of Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her residency at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is board certified in Family Medicine and is an experienced primary care physician.

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 measuring and evaluating hospital performance.

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.   Site champion awards are given to healthcare members that conduct the most telemedicine consults.

The mission of the California Telehealth Network is to promote advanced information technologies and services to improve access to high quality healthcare for rural Californians in geographically isolated locations.