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December 12, 1990
This letter is to protest the sensationalistic tone of Louis Sahagun's story about gang members in the spinal injury service at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center (Dec. 2). It is true that a significant number of our patients are victims of gang violence. However, the portrayal of the staff as "overwhelmed" and the implication that gang warfare is an ongoing threat on the hospital grounds is a distortion. In speaking with the reporter, I emphasized the fact that most patients are not in severe psychological distress and that only a fraction become suicidally depressed or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
A laptop computer containing more than 660 patient names and diagnostic information was stolen last month from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Los Angeles County health officials confirmed Friday. At least 667 patient records were on the stolen laptop, which included names, dates of birth and medical information, said Michael Wilson, a spokesman for the county Department of Health Services. The laptop, which was not encrypted, had been attached to a diagnostic machine that performs electromyographies.
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OPINION
November 17, 2002
I don't think the L.A. Board of Supervisors understands the severity of the effect of closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center on people with disabilities (Nov. 13). In many of the independent living centers across California, there are consumers of services who thank Rancho Los Amigos for their independent way of living. Without Rancho Los Amigos they might be in a nursing home, doubting their self-worth and letting their disability get the best of them. But because of Rancho, many people with disabilities are integrated into society as members of the community and the work force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2005 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County on Tuesday agreed to a deal with patients-rights groups to keep open Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and to scale back planned cuts at County-USC Medical Center, settling a two-year legal battle over the county's efforts to slash health services amid a looming financial crisis.
NEWS
May 24, 1987
The Clinical Gerontology Service of Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center has recently expanded its program of psychosocial services for older adults living in the community by developing "Coping With Change in Late Life," a group program to assist older persons who are having difficulty adjusting to problems. Candidates for the group are persons at least 60 years of age with a depressed mood, discouragement, prolonged bereavement or a lengthy period of unhappiness and loss of normal interests.
NEWS
April 7, 1988 | RICHARD HOLGUIN, Times Staff Writer
The county-owned Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center is cutting back its temporary work force and restricting new hires to compensate for a $3.7-million budgetary shortfall, officials said. The money problems arose because Rancho Los Amigos has been treating fewer patients than expected this year, hospital officials said. The county nurses' strike earlier this year was the primary cause of the decline in patients, Rancho Executive Director Armando Lopez Jr. said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2003 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of disability rights advocates filed a class-action suit Thursday seeking to stop Los Angeles County from closing the renowned Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, says the closure would violate the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and other legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disabilities, because many patients would have nowhere else to turn for treatment.
NEWS
March 12, 1987 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Every day at the sprawling, bustling complex that is Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, a small fleet of trucks and vans delivers about 1,250 meals from the main kitchen south of Imperial Highway to satellite kitchens for patients housed north of the highway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the privatization of Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center moves closer to reality, doctors, workers, union leaders and patients pleaded Monday with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to avoid budget cuts and layoffs at the renowned rehabilitation hospital. About 270 county workers will lose their jobs Oct. 1 if the supervisors keep their commitment to downsize services at the Downey facility while talks with potential private operators of the hospital continue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2002 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
Since the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted to close Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center late last month, a movement to save the center has been percolating throughout the county and state, particularly among the disabled. Health workers, independent living centers, and an alliance of people with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and diabetes and other ailments and injuries treated at Rancho are rallying to keep the 207-bed Downey center open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eugene Erickson, 86, who for 23 years was the administrator of Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla. During Erickson's tenure from 1953 through 1976, the Downey hospital developed and pioneered special programs to serve and rehabilitate patients with severe physical problems, notably spinal cord injuries and birth defects. A native of Minneapolis, Erickson grew up in Southern California.
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April 28, 2004 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
A court order that prohibits Los Angeles County from closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center without providing patients with comparable care elsewhere was upheld Tuesday by a federal court. The ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for eight indigent and uninsured people who rely on the county healthcare system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2003 | Sue Fox, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writers
A federal judge on Thursday punched another hole in Los Angeles County's strategy for shoring up its ailing health system, issuing a tentative decision that would prevent a 100-bed cutback at the flagship County-USC Medical Center. Saying further cuts could lead to unnecessary pain, medical complications and deaths, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper also barred the county from closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County's health department is preparing to lay off between 1,375 and 2,475 workers by June 30 in a mass dismissal meant to stabilize a teetering system whose long-term costs are steadily outstripping money to pay them. By the end of June, the county hopes to close Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey and convert High Desert Hospital in Lancaster to an outpatient center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Three public interest law firms sued Los Angeles County on Wednesday to block the planned closure of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and the elimination of 100 beds at another county hospital. It was the second time in less than a week that the county was hit with a lawsuit over Rancho. Last Thursday, a coalition of disability rights groups filed a class-action suit in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2003 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of disability rights advocates filed a class-action suit Thursday seeking to stop Los Angeles County from closing the renowned Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, says the closure would violate the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and other legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disabilities, because many patients would have nowhere else to turn for treatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1995 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County ignored patients' rights and failed to give proper notice in its effort to hastily evict 10 comatose and semi-comatose patients from its Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center skilled nursing facility, a state regulator ruled Thursday. The ruling prevents the county from evicting the patients from the Downey facility until it has fully complied with federal regulations covering the transfer of patients.
NEWS
December 2, 1990 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the sprawling Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey seems serene, with its old Spanish-style buildings framing 210 acres of courtyards, manicured lawns and eucalyptus trees. Inside, however, Los Angeles County's largest rehabilitation hospital has become a reflection of inner-city turbulence, from the graffiti on waiting room walls to the blue and red clothing worn by a new breed of wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2003 | Daren Briscoe and Sue Fox, Times Staff Writers
Faced with a $210-million health budget shortfall and few painless options for eliminating it, members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to close the county's only rehabilitation hospital and to reduce the capacity of another hospital by 100 beds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2002 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 supporters of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center urged the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to reconsider its decision to close the hospital, but members of the board made no move to back away from their plans to shut it down.
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