CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996 |
Employees and community members worried about the scheduled closure Wednesday of the Westlake Medical Center emergency room plan to rally to save what they say is a vital service. "The community leaders are hoping that, if we get enough support on the day the hospital changes hands, they'll keep it open," said Dr. Frank Gillingham, medical director of the emergency room. The rally is scheduled to begin 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the day the hospital is expected to become a specialty care facility.
August 7, 1997 |
Talks have begun between lawyers for Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. and federal investigators as the company deals with a massive probe into its business practices, President and Chief Operating Officer Jack Bovender said. Separately, the Florida attorney general's office said that several months ago it launched its own probe into the giant health-care company, joining Alabama and Texas in such a move.
August 16, 1997 |
Controversial hospital chain giant Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. dropped talks regarding a possible business link with UCI Medical Center, the two health-care organizations said Friday.
May 26, 1999 |
The Justice Department on Tuesday joined a whistle-blower lawsuit against Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. that accuses the nation's largest hospital chain of paying doctors to refer patients to its facilities. It is the first federal lawsuit to come out of El Paso, where federal agents with search warrants raided Columbia/HCA hospitals and doctors' offices in March 1997.
February 22, 1997 |
Sharp Healthcare, the highly regarded nonprofit San Diego hospital chain that became a subject of a state investigation for its proposed joint venture with Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., on Friday withdrew from the planned agreement. No details about the withdrawal decision were given.
February 17, 2000 |
The Justice Department accused Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. of Medicare fraud at nine south Florida hospitals in the government's sixth lawsuit against the nation's largest hospital chain. The lawsuit, originally brought by a former reimbursement manager with the company, accuses the hospitals of overbilling Medicare for home health-care services by more than $10 million. It seeks more than $30 million in damages.
May 24, 1994 |
Continuing its frantic merger activity, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. agreed Monday to acquire Dallas-based Medical Care America, an operator of outpatient surgery centers, in a stock transaction valued at more than $860 million. Columbia/HCA said the merger, pending federal and shareholder approval, would expand its operations in key markets, especially in California, Florida and Texas, by adding 96 outpatient centers that offer oncology, orthopedics, cardiology and other services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1997 |
Judy Frumkin's bubbly voice still can be heard on the family's telephone answering machine, but the 38-year-old wife and mother of two daughters now lies in a vegetative state in a hospital critical care unit. On Sept. 5, the Anaheim Hills woman underwent what was expected to be simple outpatient surgery to remove scar tissue associated with a previous breast implant removal.
March 30, 1996 |
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. is broadening its strategy of buying up hospitals, clinics and home health businesses by acquiring on Friday most of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Ohio, the state's largest health insurer. The deal, worth $299.5 million, represents the first foray into the insurance business by Columbia, the nation's biggest for-profit hospital chain. It is a combination that has caused trouble for others, prompting cautionary comments from analysts Friday.
January 12, 1999 |
The former head of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.'s home health-care division is named in newly unsealed court documents describing a conspiracy by company executives to defraud Medicare and other government health insurance programs.