CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2001 |
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.
February 15, 2001 |
Blue Cross of California said Wednesday that it settled a lawsuit from one of California's largest hospital chains that had contended that the big insurer routinely declined to pay for patient services as a way to boost profitability. Separately, the Woodland Hills-based health plan said it reached a new contract with St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. The 233-bed hospital stopped accepting Blue Cross insurance in August, protesting the insurer's payment rates.
August 5, 2000 |
A contract between St. John's Hospital & Health Center in Santa Monica and Blue Cross expired late Friday, which could make visits to that hospital more expensive for as many as 33,000 patients covered by the insurer. St. John's officials, who could not be reached for comment Friday, said earlier in the week they would not continue to accept Blue Cross because it had failed to adequately reimburse the hospital for patient care.
August 2, 2000 |
Nearly a tenth of California's hospitals say they will stop accepting Blue Cross health insurance within the next two weeks, a strong sign that the trouble in the state's health-care system has extended beyond health maintenance organizations. Barring a last-minute compromise, the Catholic Healthcare West chain and the independent St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1999
St. John's Health Center has received a $20-million donation to help rebuild its earthquake-damaged facility, hospital officials said. The W.M. Keck Foundation, which made the gift, also had given the hospital $10 million after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, said hospital official Ruben Mettler. Donated funds will be added to a $270-million reconstruction phase that is scheduled to be completed by 2005. St. John's, which was built in the 1940s, was closed for six months after the '94 quake.
July 20, 1998 |
This month Health goes to the hospital. * St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica will stage a traditional groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its new health center--but from then on the half-century-old institution will be shattering the mold in all directions. The new complex that will rise on St. John's present site will incorporate so many futuristic concepts that the staff doesn't even call it a hospital. "Healing environment" is the preferred phrase.