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November 4, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The short, bearded man in a gray, double-breasted suit walked swiftly through a Long Beach medical clinic, pivoting often to point out cosmetic flaws that might mar the image of the health-care organization he spent a lifetime building. The clinic's young managers obediently took notes as Dr. Robert Gumbiner pointed scornfully to some tattered telephone directories, wheelchairs that obstructed a hallway and two pictures hung askew in a waiting room.
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January 23, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Robert Gumbiner, a physician and HMO pioneer who built the managed-care giant FHP and then used his fortune to found the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, has died. He was 85. Gumbiner died of prostate cancer Tuesday at his Long Beach home, said Susan Golden, a museum spokeswoman. "I know something about building things," Gumbiner -- pronounced Gum-buy-ner -- told The Times in 2007 while discussing the museum he started in 1996.
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BUSINESS
June 23, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A frustrated Dr. Robert Gumbiner, watching his innovative structure being dismantled at FHP International Corp., resigned Thursday from the board of the Fountain Valley health maintenance organization. Gumbiner, who only a week ago was bumped up to chairman emeritus, said in a prepared statement that the "recent direction taken by the board and management lead me to question the wisdom of the company's long-term strategy."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
"IN my former career I built 55 medical centers and four hospitals in nine states. I know something about building things," says Dr. Robert Gumbiner, founder of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. A soft-spoken, no-nonsense guy at 84 -- he sets his watch alarm to keep up with appointments and brings his own questions to interviews -- Gumbiner is a former general practitioner who made a fortune in managed care.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The short, bearded man in a gray, double-breasted suit walked swiftly through a Long Beach medical clinic, pivoting often to point out cosmetic flaws that might mar the image of the health care organization he spent a lifetime building. The clinic's young managers obediently took notes as Dr. Robert Gumbiner pointed scornfully to tattered telephone directories, wheelchairs that obstructed a hallway and two pictures hung askew in a waiting room.
BUSINESS
June 26, 1987 | JAMES S. GRANELLI
Creating an orderly succession for itself, FHP Inc., the Fountain Valley health maintenance organization, has promoted Wescott W. Price III to the posts of president and chief operating officer. Price, 48, takes over those recently created positions from company founder Robert Gumbiner, who remains the company's chairman and chief executive officer. Dr. Gumbiner, 64, also remains in control of FHP's parent company, FHP International Corp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1993
A nonprofit corporation backed by Robert Gumbiner, chairman of the board of FHP Health Care and a wealthy philanthropist, has emerged as the key financial backer of a plan to reopen and run the Queen Mary, sources said Friday. The Long Beach City Council on Dec. 22 awarded a five-year operating lease to Queen Mary Partners Ltd., a for-profit group of investors headed by Joseph F. Prevratil. But that group never finalized the lease.
BUSINESS
December 3, 1986 | From Staff and Wire reports
The state attorney general's office filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday seeking to force three officers of the Fountain Valley-based FHP Inc. health maintenance organization, as well as its accounting firm, to pay more than $80 million to charity. In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp charged that FHP was "grossly undervalued" by insiders when they bought the nonprofit organization in November of 1985 for $38.5 million in cash and notes.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A frustrated Dr. Robert Gumbiner, watching his innovative structure being dismantled at FHP International Corp., resigned Thursday from the board of the Fountain Valley health maintenance organization. Gumbiner, who only a week ago had been bumped up to chairman emeritus from chairman, said in a prepared statement that the "recent direction taken by the board and management lead me to question the wisdom of the company's long-term strategy."
BUSINESS
August 6, 1996 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.'s pending acquisition of FHP International Corp. signals the end of a health-care experiment launched 35 years ago by an ambitious Long Beach doctor. Bored with treating patients and searching for a more rational health-care payment system, Dr. Robert Gumbiner started FHP in the early 1960s. Over the next 30 years, he built the company into an HMO giant.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A frustrated Dr. Robert Gumbiner, watching his innovative structure being dismantled at FHP International Corp., resigned Thursday from the board of the Fountain Valley health maintenance organization. Gumbiner, who only a week ago was bumped up to chairman emeritus, said in a prepared statement that the "recent direction taken by the board and management lead me to question the wisdom of the company's long-term strategy."
BUSINESS
June 23, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A frustrated Dr. Robert Gumbiner, watching his innovative structure being dismantled at FHP International Corp., resigned Thursday from the board of the Fountain Valley health maintenance organization. Gumbiner, who only a week ago had been bumped up to chairman emeritus from chairman, said in a prepared statement that the "recent direction taken by the board and management lead me to question the wisdom of the company's long-term strategy."
NEWS
October 24, 1993 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Queen Mary, plagued by financial troubles for years and losing money since it reopened in February, also has lost its chief fund-raiser. Dr. Robert Gumbiner, who helped keep the ship afloat earlier this year with a $2-million donation, has resigned as head of the nonprofit RMS Foundation Inc. that runs the attraction. Gumbiner said his decision was not influenced by the ship's financial woes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1993
A nonprofit corporation backed by Robert Gumbiner, chairman of the board of FHP Health Care and a wealthy philanthropist, has emerged as the key financial backer of a plan to reopen and run the Queen Mary, sources said Friday. The Long Beach City Council on Dec. 22 awarded a five-year operating lease to Queen Mary Partners Ltd., a for-profit group of investors headed by Joseph F. Prevratil. But that group never finalized the lease.
BUSINESS
August 6, 1996 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.'s pending acquisition of FHP International Corp. signals the end of a health-care experiment launched 35 years ago by an ambitious Long Beach doctor. Bored with treating patients and searching for a more rational health-care payment system, Dr. Robert Gumbiner started FHP in the early 1960s. Over the next 30 years, he built the company into an HMO giant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Robert Gumbiner, a physician and HMO pioneer who built the managed-care giant FHP and then used his fortune to found the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, has died. He was 85. Gumbiner died of prostate cancer Tuesday at his Long Beach home, said Susan Golden, a museum spokeswoman. "I know something about building things," Gumbiner -- pronounced Gum-buy-ner -- told The Times in 2007 while discussing the museum he started in 1996.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The short, bearded man in a gray, double-breasted suit walked swiftly through a Long Beach medical clinic, pivoting often to point out cosmetic flaws that might mar the image of the health-care organization he spent a lifetime building. The clinic's young managers obediently took notes as Dr. Robert Gumbiner pointed scornfully to some tattered telephone directories, wheelchairs that obstructed a hallway and two pictures hung askew in a waiting room.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The short, bearded man in a gray, double-breasted suit walked swiftly through a Long Beach medical clinic, pivoting often to point out cosmetic flaws that might mar the image of the health care organization he spent a lifetime building. The clinic's young managers obediently took notes as Dr. Robert Gumbiner pointed scornfully to tattered telephone directories, wheelchairs that obstructed a hallway and two pictures hung askew in a waiting room.
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