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MemorialCare Medical Group hosts Open House

by: HB News staff writer
Posted: October 23, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Early Saturday morning, October 21st., former Huntington Beach mayor Jim Katapodis brought his two grand children to the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new MemorialCare Medical Center's new building on Beach Boulevard at Newman Street.

Former HB mayor Jim Katapodis with his two grand children


One of the first sights they saw before entering the building was the pumpkin patch located near the side entrance. The first 100 guests to visit the onsite pumpkin patch can take home a free pumpkin.


Once inside a large crowd filled the room that was filled with bites to eat along with Memorial staff to answer questions from the public.


MemorialCare's Jennifer Thompson and Dr. Frank Marino were happy to answer any question the people asked and there were many questions asked.

MemorialCare's Jennifer Thompson and Dr. Frank Marino


HB Councilman Patrick Brenden (r) with MemorialCare Mark Shaffer

Huntington Beach City Councilman Patrick Brenden, representing Mayor Barbara Delgleize who is out of the country, took over official duties of welcoming the people of MemorialCare.


Face and arm painting at the Kid's Corner


The craft corner where kids could receive a free craft kit


Attendees talk to representives from MemorialCare Medical Group


The event provided attendees with a chance to tour the health center, enjoy refreshments, a kids’ corner offering face painting and balloon artist, opportunity drawings, Jamba Juice smoothies and demo, complimentary cholesterol/glucose screenings for the first 100 registrants. Attendees can also enter to win a pair of tickets to Disneyland.

Dr. Rafael Vergara


Martha Morando and Pauline Aguilera show off the Pediatric Room


The Huntington Beach health center offers urgent care, family and internal medicine, and pediatrics and occupational medicine services. The Health Center is staffed with 11 board certified physicians specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and urgent care. Occupational medicine and sports medicine are also offered at the new health center. A laboratory draw station and MemorialCare Imaging Center are available on-site as will a future dialysis center for patient convenience.

L-R: Patrick Brenden, Tim Whitacre and HB former mayor Jim Katapodis (far right) as they listen to Mark Shaffer welcome everyone to the open house


Attendees were now shown outside for the offical ribbon cutting ceremony with Master of Ceremony Mark Shaffer at the steps of the entrance to the medical building.

Councilman Patrick Brenden welcomes the attendees to the open house ceremony


Tim Whitacre (r) from O.C. Supervisor's office welcomes Mark Shaffer (l) and the MemorialCare staff to their new location


Jennifer Thompson and Mark Shaffer cut the ribbon to officially open the medical center


Before Jim Katapodis and his grand kids leave the ceremony they check out thecenter's street art located at the entrance to the center called Terram Mare by Laddie John Dill.

The new street art display


Hundreds of attendees dropped in throught the day to visit the new medical.

But before Jim leaves the ceremony, he would like to play with one of his grand kid's stuffed animals.

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