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November 17, 2005 | Charles Ornstein and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
UC Irvine placed the chief of its medical center on paid administrative leave Wednesday, less than a week after shutting down the hospital's scandal-stricken liver transplant program. Dr. Ralph Cygan, chief executive officer of UCI Medical Center in Orange, will remain off the job while a committee of experts explores why the hospital turned down scores of donated organs even as patients on the waiting list were dying.
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November 11, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Barboza is a Times staff writer
The head of UC Irvine Medical Center plans to step down in March, she told staff members by e-mail Monday. Maureen Zehntner, 60, has been on the job less than eight months and had served as the troubled hospital's interim chief executive since 2005. She cited personal reasons for her resignation, effective March 6.
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January 26, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A young Orange County physician was accepted into a newly created residency position in radiology at UCI Medical Center the same month his father pledged $250,000 to the radiology department, according to records and interviews. Alfred Sein was not chosen by UCI during the regular selection process that determines where most medical school graduates do their residency to become a specialist.
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November 8, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Yoshino is a Times staff writer.
The California Medical Board has accused the former head of UCI Medical Center's anesthesiology department of gross negligence and incompetence after he allegedly falsified records and assigned a resident to operating-room duties even though his left hand was in a cast. If the charges are upheld, Dr. Peter H. Breen, who still practices at the Orange-based hospital, could be suspended or have his license revoked.
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April 8, 1992 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that health officials fear will strain already overburdened emergency medical services and lead to potentially fatal delays, UCI Medical Center announced Tuesday that Orange County's only poison-control hot line will close in 30 days. "This is very bad news," said Dr. Philip Edelman, medical director of the Regional Poison Control Center, which receives about 51,000 calls a year from Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties.
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November 8, 2008 | Kimi Yoshino, Yoshino is a Times staff writer.
The California Medical Board has accused the former head of UCI Medical Center's anesthesiology department of gross negligence and incompetence after he allegedly falsified records and assigned a resident to operating-room duties even though his left hand was in a cast. If the charges are upheld, Dr. Peter H. Breen, who still practices at the Orange-based hospital, could be suspended or have his license revoked.
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April 11, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A well-known surgeon recruited from New York amid much fanfare to lead UC Irvine's burgeoning neurosurgery department has resigned for health reasons, UCI Medical Center said Wednesday. Dr. Michael Dogali, 52, one of the nation's foremost experts in functional neurosurgery, wrote in his letter of resignation that he is suffering from low-pressure glaucoma, a progressive condition that "limits my abilities as a surgeon." Low-pressure glaucoma often leads to blindness.
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August 3, 1990 | LISA MASCARO
Just off work at UCI Medical Center, a bleary-eyed Gina Angiola stood before a small crowd Thursday afternoon and told her horror story about falling asleep at the wheel while driving home one night after a typical 36-hour work shift. "I was very, very fortunate I was able to walk away from that accident," said Angiola, a medical student.
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February 16, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
UCI Medical Center says it is investigating whether nepotism rules were violated when it hired three relatives of the hospital's interim chief executive. Maureen Zehntner told UC Irvine officials she had a brother, sister and cousin employed at the Orange hospital after The Times reported last week that children of other top medical administrators had been hired there, university spokeswoman Susan Menning said Wednesday.
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April 8, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a move that health officials fear will strain already overburdened emergency medical services and lead to potentially fatal delays, UC Irvine Medical Center announced that its poison-control hot line will close in 30 days. "This is very bad news," said Dr. Philip Edelman, medical director of the Regional Poison Control Center, which receives about 51,000 calls a year from Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties.
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June 20, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine Medical Center has disciplined 22 employees caught in the last month with falsified certificates showing they passed cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, officials acknowledged this week. The fake certificates came to light after an employee presented one during a required recertification class May 15, and a subsequent investigation discovered 21 others. The review was completed June 15.
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April 18, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court has resurrected the malpractice lawsuit that helped shut down UCI Medical Center's troubled liver transplant program. A lower-court judge threw out the case two years ago on grounds that plaintiff Elodie Irvine had agreed to a $50,000 settlement from the hospital. Irvine, who had deadly kidney and liver disorders, spent four years on UCI's organ transplant waiting list before transferring to another hospital and getting the procedures done within two months.
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March 21, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The radiation oncology department at UCI Medical Center has been put on probation for deficiencies in its residency training program, officials said Tuesday. The sanction was issued in January by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education based on a review conducted in May. Officials wouldn't disclose the reasons for the probation, but Dr. Jeffrey V.
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October 5, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
UC Irvine's dermatology department has regained unblemished status for its graduate training program, officials said. The residency program had been on probation since 2004 with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. "We've worked hard to overcome the issues that have bedeviled the department," said Dr. Christopher B. Zachary, who took over as department chairman last summer, filling a post that had been vacant four years. Among other changes, Zachary put Dr.
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September 16, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
The embattled chairman of UC Irvine's anesthesiology department said Friday he would step down next summer. Dr. Peter Breen, who is under investigation by the state medical board, said he wanted to devote more time to research. He will remain on the faculty after his term expires in July. The announcement came a week after a heated anesthesiology department meeting at which several professors confronted Dr.
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May 23, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
State senators excoriated top UC Irvine officials Monday for a lack of accountability over the failure of the school's liver transplant program and a decade-long string of other problems. One senator threatened to use the Legislature's budget power to force officials to be more responsible.
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June 21, 1998 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The University of California has agreed to a $20.2-million settlement with the family of a Garden Grove woman who has been comatose since hand surgery 4 1/2 years ago at UC Irvine Medical Center, the family's attorneys said Saturday. Most of the money, believed to be the largest medical malpractice award against the hospital, will pay for the future medical care of 39-year-old Denise DeSoto, who has not regained consciousness since her breathing tube was blocked during an operation.
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November 11, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Barboza is a Times staff writer
The head of UC Irvine Medical Center plans to step down in March, she told staff members by e-mail Monday. Maureen Zehntner, 60, has been on the job less than eight months and had served as the troubled hospital's interim chief executive since 2005. She cited personal reasons for her resignation, effective March 6.
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April 26, 2006 | Christian Berthelsen and Sara Lin, Times Staff Writers
Federal investigators have subpoenaed records relating to five UCI Medical Center doctors involved with the Orange hospital's failed liver transplant program, including their compensation agreements, according to a source familiar with the case.
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April 6, 2006 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
UC Irvine is beginning program-by-program reviews of its medical center, hiring consultants and launching its search for top healthcare officials, recommendations made by a panel of outside experts that reviewed the university's troubled medical programs. In an update e-mailed to faculty and staff Tuesday night, UCI Chancellor Michael V.
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