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February 18, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hospital-generated complaints about respiratory therapists have soared in the two years since California lawmakers mandated reporting of their on-the-job suspensions and firings, according to state Respiratory Care Board records. Lawmakers were prompted to act in the wake of murder defendant Efren Saldivar's 1998 confession to killing dozens of elderly patients at a Glendale hospital. He later recanted his story but has been charged in six deaths.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hospital-generated complaints about respiratory therapists have soared in the two years since California lawmakers mandated reporting of their on-the-job suspensions and firings, according to state Respiratory Care Board records. Lawmakers were prompted to act in the wake of murder defendant Efren Saldivar's 1998 confession to killing dozens of elderly patients at a Glendale hospital. He later recanted his story but has been charged in six deaths.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Nearly 700 employees at hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo have voted to join the Service Employees International Union, officials said Monday. The employees work at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo. Included are vocational nurses, respiratory care therapists, lab technicians, nursing assistants, food service workers and housekeeping personnel.
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March 30, 1998 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Glendale police on Sunday drew up a list of 30 people who may have been victims of hospital worker Efren Saldivar, who allegedly told authorities he killed dozens of sick and elderly patients. But police warned that the preliminary list--the result of hundreds of tips and phone calls that continued to pour in Sunday--may produce no solid evidence against Saldivar, a respiratory therapist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1998 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hospital officials are investigating whether a "frowning face" drawn next to names on a list of failing patients was a signal to or from Efren Saldivar, the hospital worker who confessed to killing 40 to 50 people and then recanted, one of his former colleagues said.
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April 11, 1998 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hospital officials are investigating whether a "frowning face" drawn next to names on a list of failing patients was a signal to or from Efren Saldivar, the hospital worker who confessed to killing 40 to 50 people and then recanted, one of his former colleagues said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 | Dana Parsons
It began with a darts match nine years ago. In those days, Dan Severson hit the pubs almost nightly, knocking back beers while either practicing or competing with his five-man darts team. After a match in April of 1987 in Newhall, Severson, then 25, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The Highway Patrol report indicates he registered a .11 on a breath test, just above what then was the legal limit of .10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2008 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
During a typical 12-hour shift, Hector Hernandez can be found in just about any corner of Kaiser Sunset, tending to premature infants and the elderly, to patients with asthma and those with AIDS, to heart attack victims and survivors of car wrecks. He connects patients to ventilators, evaluates lung capacity and blood gases and administers oxygen and aerosol medications. Clad in green scrubs and white running shoes, he is often the first to arrive on a "code blue" -- the term that is broadcast when a patient has stopped breathing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2008 | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber
California's failure to check the criminal backgrounds of health professionals extends well beyond nurses, encompassing tens of thousands of doctors, dentists, psychiatric technicians and therapists. The Times reported this fall that regulators had not vetted about 195,000 of the state's registered and vocational nurses, exposing patients to caregivers with histories of violence, addiction, predatory behavior or corruption.
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February 24, 1994 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It had become one of the Los Angeles area's best-known hospitals: home to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, the Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Breast Center and--yes, on occasion--to such celebrity patients as Liz Taylor and Michael Jackson. Then came the Jan. 17 earthquake. Because of what happened in those fateful 31 seconds, St. John's Hospital--Santa Monica's biggest employer and arguably among the country's highest-profile health centers--must suddenly reinvent itself.
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