Auxiliary Service Hours Awarded at Medical Center 
Friday, 03 August 2012 

Los Alamitos, CA (August 2012) – The Los Alamitos Auxiliary and Volunteer Service Awards luncheon was held on Friday, August 3rd. The annual event recognized the years and hours of service donated by this very dedicated group.

The volunteer role at the hospital has grown in recent years to include helping in additional buildings and departments on campus. The program is for adults 18 years and old and includes service areas as diverse as clerical help to escorting patients and visitors to running the gift shop. Volunteers also donate time at weekend community events. The awards luncheon was the 42nd annual event.

Some of those recognized at the luncheon included Muriel Echelman and Margaret Snavely for 30 years, MaryAnn McCabe for 25 years, Mercedes Bethel for 10 years, and Mary Jonasson, Connie Pickering, and Joan Wise for 5 years. Some of those recognized for hours of services included: Floyd Luher with 11,100 hours, Betty Melino and Ruth Schnipper with 9500 hours, Joan Politte with 5500 hours, and Carol Herriage with 4000 hours.

The Auxiliary is an integral part of the hospital and those who serve are much appreciated by patients, staff, and physicians. Those who serve in the front lobby are often the first person a visitor sees. They field questions about all hospital programs and services and are asked about locations of physician offices, hospital departments, and other local information. Thank you to all the volunteers who give so generously.

Opened in 1968, Los Alamitos Medical Center is a 167-bed acute care hospital located at 3751 Katella Ave in Los Alamitos. The medical center offers a wide range of programs for families and seniors. Medical services include a 24-hour emergency department, Birthing Center; cardiology, including a cardiac catheterization/angiography suite; oncology; respiratory; an on-site laboratory; MRI and open MRI; CT Scan; PET Scan; physical therapy; secured geropsychiatry unit, and others, in addition to educational lectures and support groups. The hospital is part of an integrated medical campus that includes three medical office buildings and the Total Care Pavilion. The Total Care Pavilion is home to the Total Care Cancer Center and Total Care Infusion Center and also has the Total Care Imaging Center. A Health Care Center located within the Seal Beach Leisure World community is part of the campus too. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

Two new service lines debuted in late 2011. The Total Care Breast Center services include two nurse navigators and a female medical director. They are located in the Total Care Pavilion and have comprehensive services that include high-risk assessment, diagnostic procedures, and genetics counseling and testing.

Wound Healing and Hyperbarics offers two hyperbaric chambers and a rotating staff of specialty physicians. They are dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of problematic wounds.

Los Alamitos Medical Center also has an online wait time clock for ER services, InQuickER service to the ER, and eight new patient treatment areas in an expanded ER department. The hospital is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet your health care needs.

To learn more about Los Alamitos Medical Center, visit