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July 15, 2010 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
David Axene was flat on his back in a hospital bed with a swollen left leg. His kidneys had shut down. His blood pressure had plunged. Doctors pumped him with potent antibiotics to stave off a deadly infection. Yet there he was sifting through spreadsheets on his laptop, cradling his cellphone to his ear, waving off doctors to finish another conference call. California's top insurance watchdogs had hired Axene to scour Anthem Blue Cross' files for any flaw in the voluminous paperwork that accompanied its rate hikes of up to 39%. Anthem's plan to impose higher premiums March 1 had outraged consumers and politicians alike.
March 7, 2009 | Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles City Council cleared a hurdle Friday for the expansion of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, which stalled in October when a judge ordered a halt to construction. It is still far from clear, however, when work on the four-story hospital wing would resume.
November 21, 2008 | David Zahniser
A group challenging the expansion of the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center renewed its calls Thursday for an environmental impact report on the project, saying the hospital had not properly disclosed the seismic risks faced by the facility. Community Advocates for a Responsible Expansion sent an engineering analysis to city officials arguing that the hospital has given conflicting reports on potential earthquake damage at the Mission Hills medical facility. The project was approved by the City Council last year but blocked by a Superior Court judge.
February 28, 2007 | Brian Johnston, BRIAN JOHNSTON is the chief of emergency services at White Memorial Hospital, where he's been practicing for more than 30 years.
DESPITE WHAT YOU may have heard about the "dumping" of homeless patients in skid row, you can be sure of this: The 72 public and private hospitals with emergency rooms in L.A. County are committed to providing medical care to meet the needs of everyone, including the poor, the uninsured and the homeless. This is an enormous, often overwhelming, commitment.
June 1, 2006 | Russell Working and Tim Jones, Chicago Tribune
In a tragic case of mistaken identity, the family of an Indiana college student believed to have survived a multiple-fatality crash in late April said Wednesday their daughter was dead, while the parents of a student thought to have died in the collision learned their daughter was alive in a Michigan hospital. The extraordinary story came to light on a blog set up by the family of Laura VanRyn, a 22-year-old student from Caledonia, Mich.
March 30, 2005 | Donna Horowitz, Special to The Times
The 14-month stalemate between Kaiser Permanente and an elderly Marin County woman who refused to leave her hospital bed appears to be over. Probate Commissioner Harvey Goldfine appointed a temporary conservator Tuesday to handle the affairs of Sarah Nome, 82, who ran up a $1.3-million bill while at Kaiser's San Rafael Medical Center. Goldfine's decision means the county's public guardian will oversee Nome's living arrangements.
February 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge has decided that an 82-year-old San Anselmo woman can be legally evicted from the hospital bed she's refused to leave for more than a year. Marin County Superior Court Judge John Sutro on Wednesday granted Kaiser Permanente officials the right to demand that Sarah Nome leave the San Rafael medical center. Nome was admitted to Kaiser on Jan. 22, 2004, for a psychiatric evaluation. She was given a discharge notice seven days later but refused to give up her bed.
January 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Medical professionals in Monterey County are worried there may soon not be enough beds to meet the growing demand for emergency treatment in the county. Traditionally, area hospitals are busiest during the winter. But this year's flu outbreak and a number of other factors are keeping medical facilities busier than usual. "There's been a dramatic increase in [patients] this year at all the hospitals," said Nuala Rippere, director of the emergency room at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.
August 20, 2003 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Twelve-year-old Haneen Maan Abdul remembered no sound. Just a whoosh that tossed her small body out of her hospital bed. Then a blinding dust. Then the screams for help. Like many patients at a spinal cord injury hospital next to the Canal Hotel, Tuesday's bombing wrought double tragedy for the young Iraqi girl. Two months ago, Haneen was playing on the roof of her family's house when a U.S. helicopter swooped down during a raid on a nearby house.
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