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September 26, 1995 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the promise of $364 million in federal funds to bail out Los Angeles County's financially strapped health care system, the county is pushing ahead with plans to evict 17 comatose and semi-comatose patients--many of them on life support--from its Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. A county legal team showed up Monday to do battle with patients' family members who challenged the eviction order at a state administrative appeals hearing. The daylong hearing ended without a decision.
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December 7, 2003 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
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August 16, 1996 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A large Roman Catholic hospital chain has emerged as the leading contender to take over Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, the county's renowned public orthopedic hospital, it was learned Thursday. Catholic Healthcare West, a 35-hospital chain, is said to have the inside track in ongoing negotiations to privatize the hospital, although county negotiators will continue talking with two other health care organizations.
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July 19, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Boxed in by a federal judge who refused to allow Los Angeles County to slash health services, the Board of Supervisors is now looking to cut a deal. County lawyers are pursuing a settlement with public interest groups that sued over plans to close Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and eliminate 100 beds at County-USC Medical Center, according to attorneys involved in the closed-door negotiations.
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June 21, 1988
Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey announced that it has received a five-year, $3-million federal grant for research and training in its geriatric rehabilitation program. The funds will be used to develop health programs for older people, conduct research in geriatric rehabilitation and train medical and allied health personnel in providing geriatric care, hospital officials said.
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October 18, 1995
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to extend the life of the skilled nursing facility at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey for two months. The facility was originally scheduled to close Oct. 31 in order to cut county costs, but on a 3-2 vote, the supervisors voted to keep it open until Dec. 31 to give relatives of patients extra time to find another hospital.
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May 25, 1988 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
Although pressed for revenues, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposal to sell Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center to help balance a projected $8.9-billion county budget for the next fiscal year. The board, which formally received Chief Administrative Officer Richard B. Dixon's spending plan, abruptly turned what is normally a perfunctory review into a test of political priorities.
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March 14, 1992 | CLAIRE SPIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another attack on Los Angeles County's beleaguered health care system, state inspectors Friday cited a county-run nursing home at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center for violating new federal regulations that restrict the drugging and physical restraint of patients and for providing so little supervision that some patients were found wandering along a highway.
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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.
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July 2, 1989
An employee of the Downey Family YMCA has been selected to participate in an advanced course in therapeutic and sports massage at the U.S.S.R. State Central Institute of Sports Science in Moscow. Audrey Watson, an independent massage therapist from Carson, was selected because of her work, community service and performance of professional duties, said Edmond F. Enos, chairman of the selection committee established by the principal sponsor, the Assn. for International Cultural Exchange Programs.
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May 7, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Bolstering her earlier rulings, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday, barring Los Angeles County from closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center until it can demonstrate that disabled Medi-Cal patients will receive comparable and timely care from other providers. In a 19-page order that relied heavily on sworn declarations from doctors and health-care experts, the judge found that "if Rancho closes, many of the needs of these patients ..
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May 7, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bolstering her earlier rulings, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday that bars Los Angeles County from closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center until it can demonstrate that disabled Medi-Cal patients will receive comparable and timely care from other providers. In a 19-page order that relied heavily on sworn declarations from doctors and health-care experts, the judge found that "if Rancho closes, many of the needs of these patients .
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April 30, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday preventing Los Angeles County from closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center or slashing its services as she weighs arguments in the case. In the three-page emergency order, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said that services were already being reduced at the Downey hospital, which could cause "irreparable injury" to the county's disabled patients.
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April 29, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday gave Los Angeles County another week to make its case for closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, a respected hospital that treats patients disabled by severe head or spinal injuries. The county hopes to shut Rancho by June 30 as part of a broader plan to save money throughout its troubled public health system. In a tentative ruling issued Friday, U.S.
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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.
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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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May 8, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you think Downey's not the place for fashion shows, you should have seen the one they held there Thursday. There was Jose Mark, his neck and face etched with tattoos from his former days as a member of the 18th Street gang, wearing a dark olive-colored suit and a colorful tie as he rose from his wheelchair to walk the length of the room with the help of two attendants. There was Sarita Hernandez, 23, who was in a coma for 19 days after being hit in the head by a flying object in January.
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February 24, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Los Angeles County have recommended paying $3.7 million to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of a boy who suffered severe brain damage after his breathing was cut off by a restraining vest the staff of a county hospital used to keep him from falling out of bed. The settlement, observers believe, would be the largest in the county's history. It must be approved by the county Claims Board, which meets Thursday, and then by the county Board of Supervisors.
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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.
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October 30, 2002 | Charles Ornstein and Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County supervisors voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to begin closure of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, a renowned specialty hospital for victims of stroke and traumatic injury. Struggling to close a massive health-care deficit, the supervisors also voted to reduce the size of the county's flagship hospital, County-USC Medical Center, from 745 beds to 695.
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