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December 27, 1996
Dr. Albert E. Barnett, who was fired as chief executive of Friendly Hills Medical Group last month, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the health-care company's new owner. The complaint, filed in Orange County Superior Court, followed a lawsuit brought by Long Beach-based MedPartners Inc. last month accusing Barnett and two other former Friendly Hills executives of breach of contract and business fraud.
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April 18, 1997 | PETER NOAH and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Delivering a verdict and a message, an Orange County jury awarded $10.9 million to the family of a Yorba Linda woman who died of cancer after her medical group failed to perform tests that may have saved her. The Orange County Superior Court jury found that the Friendly Hills Medical Group of La Habra was responsible for the death of Christina Louise Rutledge, 30, from cervical cancer in August 1993.
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April 18, 1997 | PETER NOAH and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Delivering a verdict and a message, an Orange County jury awarded $10.9 million to the family of a Yorba Linda woman who died of cancer after her medical group failed to perform tests that may have saved her. The Orange County Superior Court jury found that the Friendly Hills Medical Group of La Habra was responsible for the death of Christina Louise Rutledge, 30, from cervical cancer in August 1993.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1996
Dr. Albert E. Barnett, who was fired as chief executive of Friendly Hills Medical Group last month, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the health-care company's new owner. The complaint, filed in Orange County Superior Court, followed a lawsuit brought by Long Beach-based MedPartners Inc. last month accusing Barnett and two other former Friendly Hills executives of breach of contract and business fraud.
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February 4, 1988
Robert A. Nelson has been appointed administrator of the Long Beach-based Harriman Jones Medical Clinic, one of the oldest and largest multi-specialty medical groups in California with 55 physicians caring for more than 50,000 patients at five locations in Long Beach and one clinic in Seal Beach. Nelson has been executive director of the Sansum Medical Clinic in Santa Barbara and the Friendly Hills Medical Group in La Habra.
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February 24, 2001 | KAREN KARLITZ
When KPC Medical Management went bankrupt and abruptly closed its doors last Nov. 20, 38 medical clinics were closed, affecting approximately 2,000 employees and more than 300,000 patients in Southern California. Patients didn't know where to retrieve their medical records or recent diagnostic test results. There was also concern about patients being charged a fee to get their records.
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November 23, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
MedPartners/Mullikin Inc., a Long Beach-based health-care company, said it fired two top executives of its Friendly Hills medical group--including the group's chairman, Dr. Albert E. Barnett--and filed a lawsuit accusing them of breach of contract and business fraud. The suit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, names as defendants Barnett, a prominent Orange County physician and founder of the Friendly Hills group; Gloria Mayer, a group vice president; and Dr.
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May 20, 1997 | PETER NOAH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge Monday slashed by two-thirds the $10.9 million awarded last month to the family of a Yorba Linda woman who died of cervical cancer. The judge's decision means the family will receive $3.25 million. In April, a jury found Friendly Hills Medical Group of La Habra responsible for 30-year-old Christina Louise Rutledge's death and awarded her husband and 7-year-old daughter $10.
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November 13, 1997 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Southern California reorganization and downsizing by MedPartners Inc. will eliminate scores of jobs in several Orange County communities but increase the company's total employment in the county, the company's president said Wednesday. The Alabama-based operator of medical offices and physician groups is consolidating several of its Orange County facilities and will be laying off some workers, including about 40 in Westminster.
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February 5, 1993 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Clinton Administration wrestles with reforming the nation's health care system, a panel of industry experts Thursday described the present system as a mishmash of disconnected components that must integrate to survive. "The traditional segmentation of health care really doesn't work anymore," said E. Albert Barnett, a physician and chief executive of La Habra-based Friendly Hills Medical Group. "The trend is clearly toward integration and managed care."
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April 9, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ and BARBARA MARSH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Friendly Hills Regional Medical Center, the only hospital in the city, will close May 15, its owners said Wednesday. MedPartners Inc., the troubled Birmingham, Ala., company that owns Friendly Hills, said in a news release it was closing the hospital because it was losing money. However, according to figures it reported to the state, Friendly Hills had a pretax profit of $36.2 million during the year ended Sept. 30, 1997.
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April 19, 1997 | PETER NOAH and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Delivering a verdict and a message, an Orange County jury awarded $10.9 million to the family of a Yorba Linda woman who died of cancer after her medical group failed to perform tests that may have saved her. The Orange County Superior Court jury found that the Friendly Hills Medical Group of La Habra was responsible for the death of Christina Louise Rutledge, 30, from cervical cancer in August 1993.
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