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June 14, 1995 | DWAYNE BRAY
Two women who were molested by a male nurse's aide at Simi Valley Hospital filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the medical facility, alleging negligence and assault and battery. Famed feminist attorney Gloria Allred filed the suit in Ventura County Superior Court on behalf of the victims, said attorney John West, Allred's partner. A judge in January sentenced Victor Sumner, 47, to 10 years in state prison for molesting the two plaintiffs and a third woman.
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July 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Matt Hamilton and Emily Foxhall
An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park to watch the show when, officials believe, at least one pyrotechnic prematurely exploded in a mortar, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other fireworks and launched them into the crowd of spectators. Simi Valley police initially said 28 people were injured, including 20 who were taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Additional victims sought treatment on their own. Simi Valley Hospital treated 26 patients, 14 of whom came in by ambulance, according to hospital spokeswoman Alicia Gonzalez.
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March 26, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Eight employees at Simi Valley Hospital contracted scabies from a 62-year-old patient treated at the hospital earlier this month, officials said Friday. The male patient, whose identity was withheld, experienced kidney failure and was taken to the hospital's emergency room March 2. The patient had an intense form of scabies, known as Norwegian scabies, and subsequently spread a milder form to some hospital personnel.
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July 5, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Kate Mather and Emily Foxhall
A sheriff's helicopter surveyed a Simi Valley park Friday morning as authorities walked the grassy lawn littered with items left behind. Lawn chairs. Broken sunglasses. Barbecue grills. Flip flops. As people gathered near Rancho Santa Susana Community Park to retrieve their belongings and revisit the scene, many recalled the explosion at the Fourth of July fireworks display that sent the crowd running and left at least 28 people injured. Simi Valley resident Victor Morales, 40, said his brother Danny Morales, 42, was hit between the eyes.
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May 12, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
Irene Runkle Gates of Simi Valley will celebrate her 83rd birthday on May 23. But when it comes to community service, don't expect her to slow down. Every week, Gates volunteers as an office worker at the United Methodist Church of Simi Valley and as a gift shop aide at Simi Valley Hospital. Gates is a familiar figure at the hospital, which recently honored her for donating a record 10,000 hours since 1966.
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June 13, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN
Janice DeZotell was rescued from a crushed car and treated for a skull fracture Friday in the parking lot of Simi Valley Hospital. But minutes later she was back on her feet, smiling about her good fortune. Unlike four other women who pretended to be patients during a hospital drill, DeZotell, a 36-year-old emergency room nurse, was supposed to be unconscious. "I had the easy job," she said. "I didn't have to scream."
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July 16, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Administrators of Simi Valley Hospital notified employees Friday that the facility's mental health unit would close within 60 days. Behavioral Health Services "was projected to lose approximately a quarter of a million dollars by year's end," hospital President Margaret R. Peterson wrote in a letter to employees and volunteers.
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January 28, 1995 | IRA E. STOLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Julie Steiner, 35, had a lump in her left breast tested for cancer last month. She did not have to take any time off from her job in Simi Valley for the painless procedure that took about an hour and left only a tiny red line on her skin. Steiner's stepmother had the same test years ago, "the old-fashioned way," Steiner said. That surgical procedure left scars, took several days for recovery and cost more than twice as much.
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November 15, 1994 | MATTHEW MOSK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a highly unusual sexual molestation trial in Simi Valley, the defendant has been allowed to function as his own lawyer--putting him in position to revisit his alleged crimes with his victims. Not only is he cross-examining them, but as defense counsel he has access to their phone numbers and addresses. One victim said Monday that she was frightened because when the alleged crime occurred, he threatened to track her down and molest her again.
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December 13, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Citing excessive costs, Simi Valley Hospital has terminated its state contract to accept Medi-Cal patients and will now treat such patients only on an emergency or outpatient basis. The state's Medi-Cal reimbursement rate was too low, so the 153-bed hospital ended its contract with the state Saturday, said hospital spokesman Jeremy Brewer. Medi-Cal is the state's version of Medicaid and covers the poor, elderly, pregnant and disabled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Matt Hamilton and Emily Foxhall
At least 36 people were injured or treated at Simi Valley-area hospitals after a major malfunction at a fireworks display sent pyrotechnics shooting into a crowd of spectators. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in Simi Valley Thursday to watch the show when, officials believe, at least one pyrotechnic prematurely exploded in a mortar, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other fireworks and launched them into the crowd of spectators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs
Simi Valley Hospital, which terminated a portion of its contract with the state Medi-Cal program, will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss its action. The hospital said the state's Medi-Cal reimbursement rate was too low and that it lost $2.5 million last year because of it. The Medi-Cal program subsidizes medical care for the poor, elderly and disabled. The meeting will be from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. -- Gregory W. Griggs
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December 13, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Citing excessive costs, Simi Valley Hospital has terminated its state contract to accept Medi-Cal patients and will now treat such patients only on an emergency or outpatient basis. The state's Medi-Cal reimbursement rate was too low, so the 153-bed hospital ended its contract with the state Saturday, said hospital spokesman Jeremy Brewer. Medi-Cal is the state's version of Medicaid and covers the poor, elderly, pregnant and disabled.
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October 11, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley police Wednesday confirmed the identity of the gunman who fatally shot a woman and critically wounded two other victims at a tire store a day earlier. Authorities said Robert J. Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley, who was found dead at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, began shooting at the Tire Pros store at Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Street about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Becerra's motive for the rampage has not been determined, police said.
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October 10, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
A gunman shattered the suburban calm of Simi Valley early Tuesday, shooting dead a mother of two and critically wounding two others at a tire store before turning the gun on himself, police and witnesses said. Susan Sutcliffe, 53, of Simi Valley was killed as she sat outside an Am-Pac Tire Pros store about 7:30 a.m., waiting for mechanics to fix a slow leak in one of the tires on her Chevy Astro van.
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October 24, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
It's ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation. It's clean, has plenty of parks, decent public transportation and home prices that for years were lower than in neighboring cities. Simi Valley has had everything that fits the definition of suburbia ... except a big mall. That's why this week's opening of Simi Valley Town Center is stirring up an abundance of hoopla. Motorists are honking their horns and giving a thumbs-up at the very sight of the center's sign along the freeway.
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November 24, 1994 | BARBARA MURPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A nurse's aide who acted as his own lawyer was convicted Wednesday of sexually molesting three female patients at Simi Valley Hospital on his first day at work. Victor E. Sumner stood with his hands in his pockets and showed no emotion as he was found guilty of sexually battering two elderly patients and penetrating a mentally retarded woman with his finger. Sumner must be sent to prison when he is sentenced Dec. 16, Deputy Dist. Atty. Patrice D. Koenig said.
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November 15, 1994 | MATTHEW MOSK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a highly unusual sexual molestation trial in Simi Valley, the defendant has been allowed to function as his own lawyer, putting him in position to revisit his alleged crimes with his victims. Several family law experts, as well as social workers who counsel victims of sexual assault, deplored the courtroom confrontation because of its potential effect on the victims, but conceded that there were few options because of a defendant's right to represent himself.
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July 23, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley Hospital paid the federal government $3.64 million this week to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims over a six-year period in the 1990s. Without admitting liability, the private, nonprofit hospital said it reached an agreement to avoid the expense and inconvenience of lengthy litigation.
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July 16, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Administrators of Simi Valley Hospital notified employees Friday that the facility's mental health unit would close within 60 days. Behavioral Health Services "was projected to lose approximately a quarter of a million dollars by year's end," hospital President Margaret R. Peterson wrote in a letter to employees and volunteers.
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