Teditorial: Oscars gala helps bring added clarity to care at CIMC

Ted Apodaca is the editor of the Catalina Islander.

The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation hosted its annual An Evening with Oscar gala at the Island Casino on Feb. 24.

Organizers said the event added extra fun and good times as they watched the Academy Awards event on television. Organizers reported that 175 people attended and that the event raised more than $126,000 for the hospital.

The money will go toward the recent purchase of a new low dose 64-slice CT scanner. I’m not sure exactly what that does, but according to the hospital “it will reduce the radiation exposure and reduce the number of potential call backs for further images.” That does sound like a good thing to me.

“This new technology will go a long way in providing higher quality care for our patients,” Jesse Underwood, chief development officer, Catalina Island Medical Center Foun­da­tion said.

Some of the more specific benefits, according to Radiology Manager Rick Riley:

• Allows us to broaden our clinical range and grow with profound clinical results.

• Incredibly fast scan times

• Low-dose scanning is essential for optimal patient care. It allows scans of long ranges at the speed of a breath-hold while maintaining a high resolution.

• Quickly achieves amazing diagnostic quality images, not only with routine patients, but with trauma patients as well.

Concert will bring

a little spring on Saturday

Time will tell if spring is actually here to stay, but at least the rain has cleared out in time for the concert series on Saturday. The Humble Hooligans will be performing on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Green Pier, on the Wrigley Stage. For more info, see page 8.

Student athletes put in overtime for their sports

Spring sports are underway for Avalon High School teams. Just to wrap up winter, I wanted to give a shout out to the boys basketball team. Some of the members have moved on to volleyball, but during their run in the playoffs, there was a game that required them to take the boat over, and then drive two hours on a bus to Los Olivos.

They won the game, then had to bus back another two hours to Long Beach to be there in time for the early boat back the next morning in order to get back in time for school on Wednesday. That’s a long day.

Ted Apodaca is the editor of The Catalina Islander. He can be reached at 562-317-1100 or at editor@thecatalinaislander.com.