Bequest to help fund new emergency department at St. Mary Medical Center – Long Beach

Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center - Long Beach(May 2017) - Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center – Long Beach received another generous distribution of $379,510 from the estate of Elmer McClintock, who passed away in February, 2016. Most of the McClintock estate proceeds will be used to fund the expansion of the emergency department from  26 to 47 beds. The crowded emergency department at St. Mary is one of the busiest in the region, serving more than 55,000 patients a year.

Elmer first befriended St. Mary in July of 2013, calling the St. Mary Foundation – in response to a “Grateful Patient” direct-mail solicitation – to inform us that he intended to include St. Mary in his will. As Elmer worked with staff to finalized his estate and legacy plans, he directed his gift to the upcoming campaign to expand the emergency department and add special services for seniors.

“Elmer and his friends had used our emergency department many times and he was intrigued by the idea to separate the care for the elderly away from the trauma bays,” said Drew Gagner, president of the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation. “He was one of the first to come on board and provide early momentum for the campaign.”

Originally from Pittsburgh, Elmer left home in 1936 at the age of 17 to join the Navy where he served on a ship in the Pacific during WWII. He then worked in the Navy ship yards while his wife worked as a secretary. He was able to build a nice nest egg thanks to 'his wife picking out great stocks’ such as Pfizer and IBM. Marie, his wife of 64 years, passed away in 2010. They had no children. When asked why he chose St. Mary as the beneficiary of his estate, Elmer replied that he enjoyed the private rooms, the good care, and always enjoyed dropping by the Bazzeni Wellness Center for a free cup of coffee.

St. Mary Foundation is blessed to have known Elmer over these several years. He was a kind, gentle and generous man, leaving St. Mary Medical Center with a significant gift that will help support our emergency room expansion efforts and our delivery of compassionate care of all those who turn to us, especially our senior citizens.