CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2008 |
During a typical 12-hour shift, Hector Hernandez can be found in just about any corner of Kaiser Sunset, tending to premature infants and the elderly, to patients with asthma and those with AIDS, to heart attack victims and survivors of car wrecks. He connects patients to ventilators, evaluates lung capacity and blood gases and administers oxygen and aerosol medications. Clad in green scrubs and white running shoes, he is often the first to arrive on a "code blue" -- the term that is broadcast when a patient has stopped breathing.
July 9, 1992 |
The state's budget deadlock, which may mean deep cuts to health and welfare programs, has hospital administrators and health care workers in a state of near panic while they try to go about business as usual and handle frightened patients' questions about the future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2002 |
Ferdinand Rojo, 36, was once chief resident of anesthesiology at a hospital in the Philippines. Since immigrating to the United States in 1990, however, he has been able to work only as an electrocardiogram technician. Fighting tears, Rojo explained to a gathering of academics and health workers this week his struggle to become a doctor in this country. In 1999, he applied for 150 medical residency programs. Last year, defeated by a torrent of rejection letters, he sent out only 20 applications.
June 25, 2003 |
The large-scale smallpox vaccinations of U.S. military personnel were conducted so safely that President Bush's civilian vaccination effort should be able to proceed at a much faster rate than it has so far, a study published Tuesday found. But representatives of some of the front-line health-care workers who are eligible for the government's voluntary vaccination program remained skeptical about participating. Charles Idelson, spokesman for the 50,000-member California Nurses Assn.
October 14, 1995 |
For a weeping Doris Hish at Olive View/UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, the morning was devoted to firing 35 people--with a dozen more to go in the afternoon. At County-USC Medical Center, Marsha Murray's best friend and fellow nurse was gone by day's end. And in Van Nuys, denial and devotion came together in Ana Banos, a nursing attendant who refused to consider the idea of losing her job one moment, then prayed to be spared the next.
September 29, 2003 |
Even health professionals who specialize in treating and studying obesity aren't immune to anti-fat bias. Like many Americans, they too tend to view excess pounds as a character failing -- even if only unconsciously, researchers have reported. Doctors, nurses, pharmacologists, dietitians and lab scientists have all been taught that obesity is rooted not just in personal habits but in a mix of genetics and environmental influences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1995 |
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to dismiss more than 300 health employees, a move that will save the cash-strapped county about $3.6 million this fiscal year but has sparked concern about the impact on health services. In all, about 300 employees will get pink slips, while about 100 more contract and temporary positions are scheduled to be eliminated. The layoffs are due to take effect on April 15.
August 3, 1994 |
In the antiseptic parlance of public health professionals, Amarwati is a "commercial sex worker" and potential "vector" for AIDS. Two or three times a day, the 21-year-old woman with black curly hair and a nervous smile brings men into her modest home with stained yellow walls, and steers them toward a hard wood-frame bed. As a fan overhead whips the warm air, she and her clients have sex. She earns $2 to $3 daily. Amarwati, who has an 8-year-old daughter, is not unusual.