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January 28, 1990
It is unfortunate that your Jan. 18 article on UCLA Medical Center's proposed patient-family guest house focused so little on the real reason such a facility is so sorely needed. I would like to provide a patient-oriented perspective that seems to have been lost in the recent discussions. As one of the world's leading hospitals, UCLA Medical Center treats not only patients from the Los Angeles area, but also from throughout California, the United States and the rest of the world.
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April 1, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Visitors and patients at UCLA hospitals probably won't notice what's gone missing from the chili, hamburgers and chicken dishes they order for lunch. But by putting antibiotic-free ground beef, ground beef patties and chicken breasts on the menus at the university's Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, hospital officials hope to strike a blow against so-called superbugs. Feeding antibiotics to cows, chicken and pigs is a common practice that enhances growth in the animals but also contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance: when microbes evolve to become impervious to attack, making it more and more difficult for physicians to treat infections.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1986
Thank you for the editorial (July 13) on the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Eleven years ago my 5-year-old daughter was being treated for leukemia at UCLA Hospital, which required numerous short-term stays. We would often escape the horror and uncertainty of her hospital bed to that wonderful little garden just east of the hospital. Even with her confined to a wheelchair with IVs in both arms the serenity and beauty of that spot would enable us to relax and rekindle the joy of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2012 | By Erin Loury, Los Angeles Times
Matthew Kennedy spent his 39th birthday at the hospital learning to walk again. Three months ago, the Venice Beach resident started having trouble moving his legs. When a chest X-ray at a Santa Monica health center revealed a shadow in his lungs, he was quickly transferred to a highly specialized tuberculosis ward 25 miles across the county at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar. Doctors think the bacterial disease attacked his nerves - unusual for TB, which typically infects the lungs.
OPINION
May 11, 2002
I was delighted to learn of David Geffen's generous gift to the UCLA School of Medicine (May 7-8). While I was the undergraduate counselor in the department of biology at UCLA, 90% of my students wanted to attend medical school, and the majority hoped to be accepted at UCLA. I know that some of my former students are now on the faculty at the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry and the Jules Stein Eye Institute and are employed at the UCLA hospital. This brings to mind the new UCLA hospital, currently under construction.
BOOKS
March 31, 1991 | Daniel Harris, Harris is a columnist for the Quarterly. His work has appeared in Harper's, the Washington Post and the Nation
While painstakingly factual, Dominique Lapierre's new history of the AIDS epidemic is actually fictional in its approach--a gripping adventure story that succeeds by virtue of its skillful manipulation of plot, suspense and character. Far from being a straightforward chronology of red-letter dates in the spread of the disease, it is an eminently readable pastiche of literary genres: of the detective story, in its engaging portrayal of scientific sleuths stalking the biological culprit, hot on the trail of new clues; of the spy story, in its riveting account of international espionage, with medical pioneers such as Robert Gallo and his French counterpart, Luc Montagnier, swept up in a James Bond thriller as they snipe at each other across the Atlantic, each claiming to have discovered the virus; of the Harlequin romance, in its purplish descriptions of love blossoming in laboratories, of eyes locking over Bunsen burners and Petri dishes; and even of hagiography, in its moving profiles of Mother Teresa and the armies of courageous health-care providers who have withstood the harrowing challenges of AIDS.
NEWS
February 11, 1990
UCLA has misrepresented its Hospital Hotel proposal in two recent letters to the editor. UCLA claims that it is abiding by the new plan for the community; it is not. Hotels are not permitted on this property. Calling it a guest house does not change what it is--a hotel. Furthermore, the density permitted on the land is 48 units, not the 88 units (with a total of 100 rooms) proposed. It is not easy for me to disagree with UCLA. I have a double relationship with the university, as a faculty member of the School of Public Health, and through my husband, who is on the molecular biology faculty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2006 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
Despite expressing concerns about ballooning costs, a UC Regents oversight committee approved UCLA's request Tuesday for an additional $308 million to complete its long-delayed Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Westwood and a new hospital in Santa Monica. "What are you doing going forward to make sure ... that you're not back here again?" UC Regent Joanne Kozberg, chairwoman of the Grounds and Buildings Committee, asked UCLA officials during a public hearing on the projects' finances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The chief executive of the UCLA hospital system has been named president of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. David L. Callender, 49, will leave his post at UCLA after three years, during which he oversaw a number of budget cuts and layoffs. Meanwhile, the opening of the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was delayed for several years during that period because of increased construction costs and design changes.
OPINION
March 2, 2003
"Cash-Poor UCLA Hospitals Hire Advisors" (Feb. 25), about the UCLA hospitals' dire financial straits, raises some interesting questions. They eliminated 434 positions in the last three years and plan to cut 450 more in the coming three years. At the same time, they plan to push more patients through this downsized staff so they can make more money to pay the obscenely bloated salaries and bonuses of the administrators who got them into this financial mess -- such as more than half a million dollars a year to an administrator whose only idea of how to get out of the hole is to hire a consultant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
UCLA Health System has agreed to pay $865,500 as part of a settlement with federal regulators announced Thursday after two celebrity patients alleged that hospital employees broke the law and reviewed their medical records without authorization. Federal and hospital officials declined to identify the celebrities involved. The complaints cover 2005 to 2009, a time during which hospital employees were repeatedly caught and fired for peeping at the medical records of dozens of celebrities, including Britney Spears, Farrah Fawcett and then-California First Lady Maria Shriver.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2011 | By Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times
The psychiatric clinic specialized in broken kids. But there was a big problem: Too many patients never made it through the front door. Families waited months for appointments at the UCLA facility, and those who nabbed slots often had to arrange their frazzled lives around doctors' morning-only schedules. Then an upstart named David Feinberg took over. The 32-year-old psychiatrist made same-day appointments available and handled extra cases. He scheduled visits in the afternoons so troubled youngsters wouldn't have to miss school, and he stocked the waiting room with fresh coffee and Graham crackers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Two years ago last week, Olivia Cull, 17, was taken off life support. The standout student ? who planned to study classics at Smith College ? had slipped into a coma during a routine, outpatient procedure at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in Westwood. The story of her death was presented to Congress a few days ago, among cases cited by patient advocates pushing to lift the caps on damages for medical malpractice lawsuits. As lawmakers search for ways to trim healthcare costs, debate continues over the country's medical malpractice laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The University of California regents took steps Thursday to shore up the university's badly underfunded retirement plans by raising the amounts employees and the university will be expected to contribute to them. FOR THE RECORD: UC Regents: An article in the Sept. 17 LATExtra section about actions by the University of California board said that $250,000 of a $410,000 raise for UCLA hospital executive David Feinberg would come from private donations and the rest from hospital revenues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
State health regulators have fined Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center $95,000 for allowing unauthorized employees to view a patient's medical records, a breach that sources indicated targeted the files of Michael Jackson. The fine, one of six privacy-related penalties state officials announced Thursday, stems from multiple violations that led to the firing of two hospital employees. Two hospital contract workers were also fired for accessing the same patient's information, UCLA officials said.
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May 11, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Officials at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar acknowledged Monday that they had launched an investigation into possible leaks of patient information and had warned staff not to speak to the media after reports in the Los Angeles Times about allegations of substandard care in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Carolyn Rhee, the county-run hospital's chief executive, said county Health Department policy is "that our employees not talk directly to the media." "We have people who do that," she said.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1997 | LEO SMITH
Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations of Westlake Village has been awarded the contract to provide editorial services for a new community newsletter published by UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital. The Ventura County firm will research, write, edit and manage the newsletter for the facility, which for the last five years has been named best psychiatric hospital in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hollywood's onetime superagent, Michael Ovitz, has pledged $25 million to help rebuild the UCLA Medical Center, which was damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, university officials announced Wednesday. The donation from Ovitz, who recently left the Walt Disney Co. with a $90-million severance package, will be the second-largest gift ever made to UCLA. "It more than made my day," Chancellor Charles E. Young said after learning that the pledge was sealed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2009 | Garrett Therolf
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, one of the Los Angeles County health network's most heavily used facilities, is poised for a major expansion that planners hope will greatly relieve overcrowding. County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the final piece of a $333-million plan to expand the Torrance facility's emergency department and renovate the surgical ward. The emergency room will grow from 25,000 square feet with 42 bays to 75,000 square feet with 80 bays, providing enhanced privacy.
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August 5, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Even after UCLA Medical Center warned employees that it was cracking down on unauthorized access to medical records, the privacy of a "well-known individual" was breached by two nurses and an emergency room technician who called up the patient's computerized records in mid-April, according to a critical state report released Monday.
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