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October 8, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
To meet the needs of an increasing number of amputees, Naval Medical Center San Diego is expanding its prosthetics lab where service personnel are fitted with artificial limbs and trained to use them. In 2007, when the hospital opened its Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C-5) facility, the prosthetics department was designed to support 40 patients with single amputations. Currently, the department is treating 100 active-duty personnel and 50 retirees, many with multiple amputations, officials said.
September 18, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
A group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. The $975,000 settlement, announced Monday by lawyers from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is believed to be the largest language discrimination settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry, according to the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.
July 24, 2012 | By Scott Sandell, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Chad Everett, who starred in the 1970s TV drama "Medical Center," has died. He was 75. Everett's daughter told the Associated Press that he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a year-and-a-half-long battle with lung cancer. Perhaps best known for his role as surgeon Dr. Joe Gannon, the actor was twice nominated for a Golden Globe for his perfomances on "Medical Center. " The series ran seven seasons and, at the time, tied with "Marcus Welby, M.D. " for longest-running medical drama.
July 24, 2012 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Chad Everett, a ruggedly handsome actor who played young Dr. Joe Gannon on the TV drama "Medical Center," has died. He was 75. Everett died Tuesday at his home in the Los Angeles area after battling lung cancer, his daughter Katherine Thorp told the Associated Press. Everett's wife of 45 years, actress Shelby Grant, died of an aneurysm in June 2011 at 74. Although Everett had a range of TV and movie roles over a career that began in the early 1960s, he made a lasting impression as Dr. Gannon on "Medical Center.
July 17, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Riverside's long-held dream to have a full medical school was badly battered last year when the state refused to pay for it and then national accreditors wouldn't allow it to open. Those denials were a blow to the UC system's proud tradition of adding campuses and programs to serve a growing state. Now, UC Riverside is making what national experts say is a rare second attempt to gain approval for a medical school. Campus officials say they have obtained alternative financial backing, worth about $10 million a year for a decade, from private donors, local government and the UC system in hopes that the medical school can enroll its first 50 students in fall 2013.
July 15, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
It was billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. " The highest bidder in an online charity auction would get his name on a plaque next to a dazzling new Shepard Fairey mural at a Los Angeles hospital, a meeting with the celebrated artist and VIP status at an unveiling ceremony. A year and a half later, Fairey's work adorns the children's wing of L.A. County-USC Medical Center, but the name of the man who won the auction appears only on a lawsuit demanding his money back. It's an unseemly legal dispute pitting one of young Hollywood's favorite charities against an entertainment industry entrepreneur and reality television figure.
July 10, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
The embattled wife of Oceanside's police chief has been taken into custody following a suicide attempt last month after she was convicted of shooting at police during a standoff. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, was released from Los Alamitos Medical Center late Thursday after two weeks of treatment and was arrested and taken by ambulance to the jail ward at Western Medical Center in Anaheim. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said she was in critical condition when transported but that her condition is improving.
June 5, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
State regulators have fined six Southern California hospitals for healthcare violations that included an emergency room nurse's sexual assault on a patient at Chapman Medical Center in Orange. The penalties, announced Friday by the California Department of Public Health, included the eighth assessed on Southwest Healthcare System in Murrieta, which has been fined more often than any other hospital in the state since financial penalties were adopted in 2007. Southwest's latest administrative fine of $100,000, the largest the state can impose, involved a nurse's failure to recognize and take emergency action to deal with signs of fetal distress during a patient's labor.
March 20, 2012 | David Lazarus
After months of impasse, Blue Shield of California and UCLA finally have a proposal on the table to settle a contract dispute that's caused worry and confusion for thousands of patients seeking treatment at one of the state's premier medical facilities. But don't expect a breakthrough any time soon. The two sides remain far apart over how much Blue Shield should pay for members' visits to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood and the nearby Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.
February 14, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited a health clinic in downtown Los Angeles on Monday and announced more than $9 million in funding to help medical students repay school loans if they agree to work in underserved areas. Sebelius said the program will encourage more students to pursue careers in family medicine and will help relieve a shortage of primary care doctors. "Most Americans who live in underserved areas don't have access to basic care," she said during the visit to Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center.
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