Port Funds Critical Cardiopulmonary Lab
New site will benefit underserved Long Beach residents
February 11, 2013
The Port of Long Beach has awarded more than $600,000 to the neighborhood Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center (LBCHC) to establish the clinic's new Heart Station cardiopulmonary lab. The lab will benefit patients from underserved Long Beach communities and is scheduled to open the first week of March.
The cardiopulmonary lab is one of several projects the Port funded in 2012 through its Community Mitigation Grant Programs. The Port gave a total of $5 million to medical centers, clinics, hospitals and senior facilities, among others.
Funds are generated through Port construction projects such as the Middle Harbor Redevelopment and Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement. The program is designed to offset some of the negative impacts of development and port operations that cannot be completely eliminated with today’s technology. Since 2005, the Port has decreased diesel pollution levels by 75 percent and is striving to reach zero emissions someday.
Other programs funded by Port grants include mobile clinics for the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America and St. Mary Medical Center, air filters for Miller Children’s Hospital, and asthma monitoring at Westside Neighborhood Clinic.
LBCHC is part of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and annually serves 25,000 patients who generate 80,000 outpatient visits. Many of those patients are from underserved communities. The new lab will allow doctors to treat potential cardiopulmonary patients on site, instead of referring them to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Harbor City for testing. This will cut the critical time between symptoms and treatment for thousands of patients.
The Port’s $661,318 grant allowed LBCHC to convert a surgical equipment sterilization room to a lab equipped with an echocardiogram machine that detects heart damage, a treadmill, an EKG machine that monitors heart activity, and a spirometer that measures respiratory function.
"The new Heart Station will potentially save lives by helping patients receive faster diagnostic tests," said Dr. Tyler Seto, Associate Medical Director of LBCHC. “It was a tremendous effort and without the Port grant, this project would never have happened.”
Funding for the lab came from the Port’s Health Care and Senior Facilities grant program. In addition, the Port has given almost $5 million to schools and another $5 million in greenhouse gas emission reduction grants.
LBCHC is located at 1333 Chestnut Ave., Long Beach.
For more information on the Port’s Community Mitigation Grants Programs, go to http://www.polb.com/environment/grants/default.asp.