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August 6, 2002 | LIZ F. KAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of preparation, UCLA surgeons worked all day and night Monday to separate conjoined twins from Guatemala, a so-far successful operation expected to continue into this morning. "We've been in a nervous state, hoping that everything will turn out," the twins' father, Wenceslao Quiej-Lopez, said through an interpreter. He joined his wife, Alba Leticia Alvarez, in Los Angeles on Friday night to be with "Las Maritas," (the little Marias) as he calls them.
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HEALTH
April 22, 2002 | ROSIE MESTEL
Today, folks at UCLA will bury a small, cone-shaped container to commemorate the university's new replacement hospital in Westwood, currently under construction. If the officials' self-restraint is anything like mine, they'll be digging it up next week--but the idea is to wait until the year 2030, fully 25 years after the hospital opens. Then, with much pomp and circumstance, they'll open it and probably giggle at some of the odd, old-fashioned items it contains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2001 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The University of California has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle allegations that physicians at teaching hospitals at UCLA and four other campuses overbilled the government in filing Medicare claims, officials announced Friday. The U.S. attorney's office said the payment was to compensate for overcharges for physician services at the medical centers between 1994 and 1998. The university denied any wrongdoing in the 13-page settlement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2000 | From Times staff and wire reports
Ten of 12 young children who underwent heart surgery and died at a Winnipeg hospital in 1994--under the care of a physician now at UCLA--might have survived if given proper treatment, a report released Monday said. "The evidence suggests that some of the children need not have died," Associate Chief Judge Murray Sinclair wrote in his final report, following one of the longest inquests in Canadian history. The children, operated on by Dr.
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September 1, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At a quick glance, he looked like a doctor. The well-dressed man carried a laser surgery textbook and comfortably maneuvered his way around UCLA Medical Center. But authorities said he was actually an ex-con and drug addict on a very un-Hippocratic mission: to steal wallets and valuables from physicians and other hospital staff members to the tune of $50,000 in just one day and, they suspect, much more over the last few weeks.
NEWS
August 3, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Once regarded as the hardiest UC medical campus in a punishing health care economy, UCLA Medical Center in two years has seen its net income plunge $50 million and bottom out at close to zero. A decade of ever-slimmer payments from managed care plans, a Medicare crash diet prescribed by the federal government and the rising costs of labor and drugs have taken an ugly toll on one of the nation's premier medical institutions, administrators say.
NEWS
April 20, 2000 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
UCLA will rename its renowned medical center after Ronald Reagan as soon as friends of the former president fulfill a pledge to donate $150 million to help rebuild the hospital, which was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, officials announced Wednesday. Reagan supporters have already raised $80 million for the eight-story building, designed by celebrated architect I.M. Pei, and for a separate Reagan library foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Adam Litwin always wanted to be a surgeon, prosecutors say, and for six months last year he managed to pull off the most successful operation of his life. Armed with a few of his favorite props--a monogrammed lab coat, X-rays, a stethoscope around his neck--the 27-year-old Woodland Hills resident bamboozled scores of doctors at bustling UCLA Medical Center, authorities say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1999
Police are investigating the death early Wednesday of a UCLA Medical Center patient who plummeted five stories from an open-air stairway landing. The woman, 31, was a patient in the hospital's intensive care unit. David Langness, a medical center spokesman, said the woman apparently wandered from the sixth-floor unit around 6:30 a.m., and was discovered moments later lying on a roof below the landing. Police don't know if her death was an accident or suicide.
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June 7, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twisting a long balloon into the shape of a dog, Luther the clown clearly had a special bond with his audience Sunday that went beyond the normal fascination children have with neon-red hair and giant, floppy shoes. Luther, alter ego of Gerry Robinson of West Hills, shared something far more dramatic in common with those he entertained: He, like many of them, is alive today because of a heart transplant.
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