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January 5, 2011 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
Cheryl Terry coughed sharply as she stepped into the homeless shelter's crude medical clinic: a cinder block room with folding tables and plastic tubs of medicine. Her doctor was pressed for time. He had just two hours to see more than a dozen patients at the crowded Culver City facility on this rainy December night. "Cheryl, I'm Greg. What's going on?" Dr. Greg Yesensky asked. "My chest ? coughing ? it's bright, yucky yellow," she said. A quick exam revealed bronchitis.
November 26, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Just before leaving the 25th anniversary dinner at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, Ellen DeGeneres took a turn on the vibraphone with the Lynne Gordon Quartet. "This is harder than it looks," she said, tossing back the mallets. DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi and about 80 others turned up Nov. 19 to celebrate Kohn's longevity. The backdrop: paintings by artists such as Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. After checking out her portrait by Will Cotton, Katy Perry seated herself for dinner between husband Russell Brand and Kohn's wife, restaurateur Caroline Styne.
July 25, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For their first-ever fundraiser, organizers of the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) doubled up for success by staging back-to-back shindigs, raising an estimated $250,000 toward their mission of bringing contemporary art to public places. Eugenio Lopez started the festivities by hosting a July 14 dinner at his art-filled Beverly Hills home, where nearly 200 guests partied beside contemporary treasures by such artists as Maurizio Cattelan, Tracey Emin, Richard Prince and more, before settling down to dinner beside a candlelit swimming pool and yellow "Elephant" by Jeff Koons.
May 5, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
As a doctor checked his back in a makeshift exam room at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Demond Lewis, 34, braced himself for bad news. Six years ago, the cabinet installer and handyman was pulling old pipes from a field when he heard his back pop. He did not have health insurance, so he did not see a doctor. He has been in pain ever since. Makes it tough to work, he said, tough to even play with his 5-year-old son. Now Dr. Mark Vaisman, a volunteer at the massive mobile free clinic that ended Monday, was telling him he needed to see another doctor for follow-up treatment.
May 1, 2010
Not a healthy situation Re "Seeking a shot at free clinic," April 26 I know I'm not alone in my emotional reaction to this Times article. On the one hand, it made me happy to know that a handful of uninsured Americans received some type of care this week. On the other hand, the piece enraged me as I thought of them waiting in that line, hoping that one medical visit could and would help. What about those who could not line up overnight — or who didn't even know about the clinic — who will continue to suffer?
April 30, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
When organizers of a massive free clinic scrambled this week to find volunteer doctors to treat thousands of needy patients at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the Vaisman family answered the call. Dr. Boris Vaisman, 34, who practices with his mother in Woodland Hills, recruited his father, who practices in Studio City, and his brother, who will graduate from medical school in June. Dr. Sofia Vaisman, 61, treated women, some of whom had never seen a gynecologist and did not know what a mammogram was. Dr. Mark Vaisman, 61, performed general medical exams.
April 28, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Overwhelmed by demand for dental services, organizers of a massive free mobile health clinic asked some patients who had Tuesday appointments to return next week, a hitch in an otherwise smooth first day at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The need for dental work was nearly double what organizers saw on the first day of a similar free clinic held in August, said Roger Fieldman, a dentist who serves as volunteer dental director. Much of the increased demand was tied to the state's elimination of adult Denti-Cal last summer, Fieldman said.
April 27, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
More than 1,200 people flocked to the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Tuesday for the start of a weeklong free clinic. Organizers tried to shorten the lines this year by distributing color-coded wristbands in advance, signifying the day and time when patients will be treated, about 1,200 a day. But scores of those with orange Tuesday wristbands lined up outside the arena overnight anyway, concerned they would miss their chance for...
April 26, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Organizers of a massive free mobile health clinic that opens Tuesday will distribute the remaining wristbands for medical appointments -- about 1,200 -- beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. The announcement was made after more than a dozen people showed up at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday seeking appointments. Volunteers with Remote Area Medical, the Tennessee-based nonprofit running the free clinic, gave them wristbands and then set a new time for people to make the remaining appointments.
April 25, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
More than 3,000 people lined up Sunday morning to sign up for treatment at a massive free health clinic that will begin Tuesday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Organizers of the free clinic, which served more than 6,300 people during its first visit to Los Angeles in August, have said those seeking help must pre-register Sunday, a change they hope will reduce waits and leave fewer people turned away. Those at the front of the line had packed duffel bags and folding chairs to wait overnight in brisk temperatures.
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