|St. Mary Medical Center|
|Location||1050 Linden Ave, Long Beach, California, California, United States|
|Affiliated university||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Emergency department||Level II trauma center|
|Lists||Hospitals in California|
In December 1983, the emergency department at SMMC was designated as a level I trauma center for adults. This was changed to level II in 1992. SMMC has partnered with California State University, Long Beach to provide the only mental health trauma recovery center in Southern California. The hospital also has a heart center, orthopedic institute, cancer center and pediatrics and maternity services.
SMMC provides many services such as:
In 1923, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word answered the call from Rev. J.M. Hegarty, pastor at St. Anthony's, to care for the sick and poor in Long Beach, by purchasing what is now St. Mary Medical Center from Dr. T.O. Boyd.
The building was damaged so significantly in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake that the entire building had to be razed and a new, 100-bed facility built on the site. The new hospital opened in 1937 and was financed by a Public Works Administration loan. It was designed by architect I.E. Loveless in the Art Deco style.
Over the years the hospital has been a pioneering institution in many areas including cardiology, radiology, cancer care, kidney transplantation, trauma services and rehabilitation. The mission of the hospital is no different from what it was 87 years ago when the Sisters of Charity first came to Long Beach. St. Mary is no longer a small 70-bed hospital with a handful of doctors and nurses. Today, St. Mary Medical Center is a 389 bed, non-profit medical center offering award winning, quality medical services. With its 1,462 staff, over 500 physicians and commitment to the Long Beach area.