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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1989
Thank you for your editorial supporting the conclusions of the Orange County Grand Jury report that recommends the establishment of hospice care in Orange County. The need is immediate and will increase substantially over the next decade. It now costs $150 per day per patient in a hospice facility, as opposed to $1,200 per day in an intensive care hospital unit. Our Hospice Orange County steering committee is building an organization to fund and operate a facility that will provide quality, compassionate care for terminally ill patients and give comfort and financial relief to their families.
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NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
LOS OSOS, Calif. - He led an active electronic life, so the cyber silence was ominous. No emails. No posts to any of the thousand-plus friends on Facebook. When word finally surfaced, it wasn't from him. "If you have noticed Jim's absence from Facebook, there is a reason. He has been doing poorly for a week or so ... and yesterday they detected a mass in his brain. Having elected to have no extraordinary medical measures, he is at home in Los Osos and we are waiting for hospice to come.
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HEALTH
January 22, 2010 | By Christie Aschwanden
Over the last 25 years, the number of Americans turning to hospice for end-of-life care has climbed dramatically -- from 25,000 in 1982 to 1.45 million in 2008, as more and more people choose to spend their final days in the comfort of home or a patient facility with a home-like environment rather than in a hospital pursuing aggressive treatments. During the last decade, Medicare reimbursements for hospice have also risen, allowing more hospices to open without relying on fundraising for survival, says Christy Whitney, chief executive of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Two weeks ago, Walter Williams, 78, was pronounced dead at his home in Lexington, Miss. A  day later, he seemingly came back to life, a situation that officials quickly dubbed a miracle. Williams, father of 11, grandfather of 15, and great-grandfather of six, is now dead again and this time, seemingly for eternity. “They came and got him again around 4:15 a.m.,” Williams' nephew, Eddie Hester, told TV station WAPT. “I think he's gone this time.” Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard, who had originally pronounced Williams dead, said he died at his home in Lexington around 1 a.m. Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992
I would like to commend Pearl Jemison-Smith for her passionate description of hospice care for terminally ill patients ("Hospice Brings Dignity to Process of Dying," Commentary, Dec. 1). As a cancer-care specialist, many of my patients have benefited from the personalized care given by all members of the hospice team to control pain and other symptoms. However, the comment I hear most often from patients and families receiving hospice care is, "Why didn't I know about hospice earlier?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1996
Jenny McGlinchey's June 2 letter praising the hospice nurse was indeed a gesture from the heart. For the past 10 months, our household has been enveloped in the tender care of an array of professionals from hospice. I wouldn't know which one to thank. They all deserve equal acknowledgment. When my husband was discharged from the hospital, still gravely ill, our doctor suggested the hospice home care service for terminal cases. Thus we came under the umbrella of this service.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. Charlie Norwood, 65, is leaving Washington to receive hospice care at home in Augusta, Ga., forgoing further treatment for lung cancer that has spread to his liver. Norwood's spokesman, John Stone, said the seven-term Republican was not resigning from Congress, but was going home to be with his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1986
In response to the article written by Archbishop Roger M. Mahony (Opinion, March 30), "An Archbishop's New Hospice: Hands-On, by Gospels Example," the hospice community is grateful for the archbishop's response to the need for care of the AIDS patient. We also recognize the remarkable work done by Mother Teresa of Calcutta offering desperately ill people comfort and solace in their last days. Hospice care has been provided in the United States for 11 years and has been bringing a quality of life and comfort to all who are faced with a life-threatening disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
The Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Assn. will hold a training course for hospice care volunteers beginning Thursday and running until May 19 at the LMVNA office at 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite 101, in Ventura. The course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings. Class size is limited and registration is required. The cost of participation is $25. Volunteers will be trained by professionals in the health care and counseling fields.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
"I'm not sick; I'm only dying," a friend told Dr. William Lamers Jr. The man had inoperable cancer and wanted to go home to die, but his doctor wouldn't let him out of the hospital. It was the early 1970s, when most people with incurable illnesses died in a hospital, in a lonely room, attended by doctors and nurses with no specialized knowledge of the dying patient's emotional and physical needs. There was no system for caring for the dying at home. The experience opened Lamers' eyes to a major failing of the healthcare system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Dr. David Rizzo's love affair with Los Angeles was rock solid for decades. The first sign of trouble came last year, when the house-call foot doctor finally grew tired of logging so many hours in his car and decided to break off the relationship. Rizzo, 62, thought he was ready for semi-retirement, and he loves infernal heat. So he moved to Phoenix. In August. "The sky at night is a celestial event," Rizzo said of his new metropolitan mistress. But the sun kept coming up, shining brightly on a man who cast a long, lonely shadow in the Arizona desert.
OPINION
November 24, 2013
Re "U.S. attitudes on end of life show a change," Nov. 22 I assure you that those who want to prolong life even when death is inevitable are uninformed. My wife died at the age of 75. She was a beautiful and active person who hiked, exercised and volunteered regularly before she found out she had inoperable melanoma. Two oncologists told us that treatment would be very painful and unlikely to succeed. We decided to place her in hospice care, where she died four months after her diagnosis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | Steve Lopez
I keep waiting for the news that prosecutors in Pennsylvania have come to their senses and dropped criminal charges against Barbara Mancini. But so far, that hasn't happened, which means the Philadelphia resident, an emergency room nurse, may soon be on trial, accused of assisting in the February suicide of her gravely ill 93-year-old father. "I can tell you that at times, the stress is unbearable," said Joe Mancini, whose wife is under a judge's gag order and cannot discuss the case against her. Joe, a paramedic for the Philadelphia Fire Department, is working 60-hour weeks because his wife has been placed by her hospital on unpaid leave until the case is resolved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Sixty percent more money was spent in the Los Angeles area on chronically ill patients in their final years than the national average, according to new data on Medicare patients released Wednesday. Spending in the last two years of life was about $112,000 per patient in Los Angeles, compared to about $70,000 on average across the country,  the report by the Dartmouth Atlas Project showed.  From 2007 to 2010, Medicare spending on end-of-life care rose by 15% nationwide. The jump occurred despite more patients enrolling in hospice care, fewer patients dying at the hospital and patients spending fewer days in the hospital in the last six months of life.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
With the strokes from three gubernatorial pens, Vermont on Monday became the fourth state in the country to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the measure in a state House ceremony in Montpelier, capping a decade-long effort on the issue in Vermont. Vermont is the first state to pass such a law through the legislative process. Oregon and Washington enacted their laws by referendum; in Montana, it was legalized by the courts.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
A worrisome abdominal pain drove Jalal Afshar to seek treatment last year at healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente. The Pasadena resident and Kaiser member had lived for years with a rare condition known as Castleman's disease, which affects the lymph nodes and the body's immune system. But this was the first time he experienced such severe symptoms. Kaiser granted his request to see a specialist in Arkansas. But it ultimately declined to pay for his treatment there. By June, Afshar said, Kaiser was arranging for hospice care so that he could die at home.
NEWS
April 1, 1987 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday voted to support the concept of hospice care for dying AIDS patients, responding to pressure from homosexuals who protested last week in front of Supervisor Michael Antonovich's Glendale home. The vote, on a motion by Antonovich, came five days after about 200 protesters--including AIDS patients, patients' relatives and health care workers--marched by candlelight through Antonovich's quiet north Glendale neighborhood and gathered in front of his home.
HEALTH
May 4, 2013 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
Cathy Jamison lived four TV seasons with cancer, a stage 4 melanoma diagnosed at the start of "The Big C" on Showtime; " The Big C: hereafter ," a four-part series, airs Mondays. With Laura Linney in the lead role, Cathy's reactions, and those of her loved ones, ranged wildly as she learned to live whatever life remained. In the following Q&A, Dr. Vijay Trisal, a surgical oncologist at City of Hope and the show's medical consultant throughout the process, talks about some of the personal and social issues surrounding cancer.
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