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July 9, 1992
Stroking a bunny or getting a smooch from a pooch is part of the therapy for stroke patients at FHP Health Care at Downey Senior Center. "Someone who needs to do arm extensions (as part of their therapy) can reach out and brush a dog or throw treats to a dog or hold a rabbit in their arm," said Ken Perlis, who runs the the nonprofit Companion Animals Meeting People. "If they need to do gripping action to build up strength, they can hold a carrot for a rabbit."
January 16, 1993
A nonprofit corporation backed by Robert Gumbiner, chairman of the board of FHP Health Care and a wealthy philanthropist, has emerged as the key financial backer of a plan to reopen and run the Queen Mary, sources said Friday. The Long Beach City Council on Dec. 22 awarded a five-year operating lease to Queen Mary Partners Ltd., a for-profit group of investors headed by Joseph F. Prevratil. But that group never finalized the lease.
August 29, 1994 | SUSAN BYRNES
Hundreds of San Fernando Valley children showed up for free shots and medical screenings in North Hills on Sunday as part of a program to promote preventive health care for low-income families. More than 25,000 children in five counties participated in the fifth annual Kids Care Fair, a three-day event sponsored by the American Red Cross, KABC-TV and FHP Health Care.
August 20, 1989 | Leslie Berkman, Times staff writer
FHP, the health maintenance organization based in Fountain Valley, recently began marketing dental coverage to its 99,000 Senior Plan members in Southern California, the company said. "We piloted the program in our New Mexico region in our last fiscal year, and it was well received," FHP spokeswoman Anna Marie Dunlap said. "So we decided to roll it out to Southern California." Senior citizens pay no premium for the basic FHP health care plan, the cost of which is paid by Medicare.
February 3, 1993
The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday approved a lease agreement to reopen the Queen Mary with the financial backing of a nonprofit foundation formed by Robert Gumbiner, chairman of the board of FHP Health Care. Gumbiner is donating $2 million to the foundation, money that will be used by Joseph F. Prevratil to reopen the ship later this month, Prevratil said. The council initially awarded the lease on Dec.
August 5, 1995 | JOANNA M. MILLER
Simi Valley children age 2 months to 18 years who have not been properly immunized can receive free vaccinations at the fifth annual Kids Care Fair on Sept. 10. The fair, which also offers health evaluations, helps low-income families gain access to preventive medicine, said Barbara Reynolds, site coordinator for the fair. "Many families cannot afford to take their children to the doctor," she said. "Prevention of disease is so important to the health of our children."
July 27, 1989
The Hawaiian Gardens medical clinic that was damaged in a pair of arson blazes last week has reopened for business, but investigators say they still have no suspects in the case. On the evening of July 16, two fires broke out within two hours of one another in the north wing of a medical office building that houses an outpatient clinic operated by FHP Health Care. The clinic is next door to Charter Community Hospital, which is managed by the health maintenance organization. Sgt.
August 24, 1994
The Kids Care Fair will offer free immunizations and health-care screening for children at more than 40 locations in Southern California this weekend. The fair, sponsored by American Red Cross, FHP Health Care and KABC-TV, will have various stations providing tests and education about staying healthy. Parents may bring 2-month-old babies to begin immunization series and are encouraged to bring shot records for older children. Most sites will have clowns, crafts, food and drinks.
Ninety Orange County health-care organizations have sent notice that they intend to apply for participation in the county's reformed Medi-Cal system known as OPTIMA--a response one official described as overwhelming. "It's more than I expected, and . . . we're real pleased so many have come through," said Mary Dewane, chief executive officer of OPTIMA, a unique system that will bring the county's 300,000 Medi-Cal recipients into managed-care networks beginning in July.
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