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December 13, 2005 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County's public health system will be left in familiar hands when retiring agency chief Pierre Durand steps down in March. On Monday, County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston selected Michael Powers, one of Durand's top lieutenants, to succeed Durand. Powers is the administrator of Ventura County Medical Center, and Johnston cited Powers' attention to detail, experience in public healthcare and people skills in naming him to the job.
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November 29, 2008 | Corina Knoll
A 4-year-old boy was killed and six other people were injured in a traffic collision Friday morning on California Highway 126, authorities said. Lucia Cardoza, 24, had her two children in the back seat of her car when she swerved across traffic, hit a metal guardrail, then swung back into traffic and was struck by a van about 2:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said. The boy was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. Cardoza was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and she and her 1-year-old child were taken to Ventura County Medical Center, authorities said.
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January 15, 1992 | SHERRY JOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura woman whose son died after contracting AIDS says the county's only residential-care facility for AIDS patients may open next year near the Ventura County Medical Center. "It's one of the things we need," said Betty Jean Dye, whose son died in June, 1990, after a long illness.
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July 14, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Santa Paula Hospital, which has the only emergency room in the Santa Clara Valley, opened for business Thursday morning after being shuttered for more than two years -- and it didn't take long for the first patients to show up. Ronald Van Es, 49, had the distinction of being the first person admitted into the ER. He came in before 10 a.m. complaining of pain in his lower back and right leg that started Wednesday night.
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December 12, 1995 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stunning blow to Ventura County Medical Center officials, a judge ruled Monday that county voters and not the Board of Supervisors will decide the fate of a $51-million outpatient wing planned for the public hospital. Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Stevens' ruling means that a countywide referendum on the project's financing will go before voters on March 26.
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August 5, 1993 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura County Medical Center had the lowest rate of births by Cesarean section in the county last year, according to state officials. That compares to Los Robles Regional Medical Center, which had the highest rate of births by Cesarean section among Ventura County's eight hospitals last year, state health officials said. The county hospital in Ventura had a Cesarean section rate of 16.9% in 1992, a slight decline from its 17.2% rate in 1991.
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July 9, 1998 | PHIL WILLON and MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State health officials said Wednesday they plan to investigate the case of Rosa Olvera, the 11-month-old Oxnard girl stricken by a flesh-eating bacteria, to determine whether she received proper medical care at Ventura County Medical Center. The action was prompted by questions raised by the child's grandmother and the hospital's administrators about the delayed diagnosis and initial treatment of the potentially fatal disease, said Lana Pimbley of the state Department of Health Services.
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January 5, 1994 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Moving forward with plans to renovate and expand the Ventura County Medical Center, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the project's environmental impact report. The supervisors voted 5 to 0 to approve the plan, which calls for building a mental health hospital, general outpatient clinic, new medical examiner's office, morgue and parking garage at the hospital complex on Loma Vista Road in Ventura.
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October 16, 1993 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nurses at the Ventura County Medical Center plan next week to ask a state court judge to prevent the hospital from eliminating 12-hour shifts, an attorney for the nurses said Friday. About 170 medical center nurses are paid 41 hours per week for working three 12-hour shifts, a standard work schedule for nurses throughout the country, nursing supporters said. But hospital officials have notified those nurses at the medical center that they will be switched to a fixed-rate pay scale beginning Oct.
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July 27, 1994 | PHYLLIS W. JORDAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After a month of agonizing over revenue shortfalls, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors spent a single afternoon Tuesday cutting $8.6 million and 65 jobs from their 1994-95 spending plan. The plan spares the county's popular Veterans Services office, saves the county libraries from closing branches and restores $1 million taken from mental health programs.
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December 26, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Sheriff's search and rescue teams continued to scour a choppy patch of the Pacific Ocean on Sunday in hopes of finding the last missing person from a boat that capsized days before. Heavy fog and 10-foot-high waves overwhelmed the skiff carrying four members of the Schneider family of Camarillo about 12:30 p.m. Friday. They were stranded about 100 yards off Ventura, authorities said. Steve Schneider, the 45-year-old father; one of his sons; and a daughter managed to make it to shore.
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December 13, 2005 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County's public health system will be left in familiar hands when retiring agency chief Pierre Durand steps down in March. On Monday, County Executive Officer Johnny Johnston selected Michael Powers, one of Durand's top lieutenants, to succeed Durand. Powers is the administrator of Ventura County Medical Center, and Johnston cited Powers' attention to detail, experience in public healthcare and people skills in naming him to the job.
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December 10, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 47-year-old Santa Barbara man killed this week in a two-car collision on California 126 near Piru was identified Thursday, authorities said. David Masters lost control of his vehicle east of Center Street and crossed into oncoming traffic shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Steve Reid. Masters' vehicle collided head-on with a car driven by Esmeralda Socorro Velasco, 19, of Fillmore. Masters was pronounced dead at the scene, Reid said.
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December 18, 2002 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Community Memorial Hospital on Tuesday announced a $121-million expansion and earthquake retrofit that officials say will not rekindle a bitter war that flared for a decade with the neighboring county hospital in midtown Ventura. The expansion includes construction of a seven-story wing that will double the hospital's square footage and increase the number of beds from 242 to 260 when completed in 2012, Executive Director Michael Bakst said.
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October 14, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 10 months, former Ventura County administrator Harry Hufford has been leading secret talks on merging the county's public hospital in Ventura with a private competitor down the street--or even moving the county hospital to Oxnard, The Times has learned. But after numerous sessions, little progress has been made.
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August 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Three people were seriously injured Tuesday morning on California 126 when a car crossed over the center divider and slammed into two trucks, the California Highway Patrol reported. Rosaura Bracamontes, 35, of Ventura, lost control of her Chrysler PT Cruiser about 10:30 a.m. at Victoria Avenue and collided with a Chevrolet truck and a mid-size International truck with a trailer. Firefighters used tools to pry Bracamontes from the wreckage, said CHP Officer Lydia Martinez Prows.
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April 25, 1994 | PHYLLIS W. JORDAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An aggressive campaign to stop Ventura County from building a new hospital wing has apparently done little to influence the officials who hold sway over the project: the Board of Supervisors. As county health officials prepare to defend their project at a public meeting Tuesday, at least three of the five supervisors say they support the $38-million outpatient wing and garage planned for Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura.
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October 11, 1995 | ERIC WAHLGREN and CARLOS V. LOZANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite a chorus of protest from taxpayer advocates and officials from a rival hospital, Ventura County leaders voted Tuesday to forge ahead with a $51-million financing plan for new construction at the county's hospital. Following a six-hour hearing, the County Board of Supervisors reaffirmed support for issuing $51 million in bond-like certificates to pay for a new, five-story outpatient wing at Ventura County Medical Center.
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July 19, 2001 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was government in slow motion. Ordinarily bustling offices at the Ventura County Government Center administration building were virtually empty. Corridors in other county buildings were still. As hundreds of picketers gathered outside county facilities, their bosses inside did what they could to keep things going. There was some emotion, some chest-beating, a little confrontation. But mostly, Day One of the county workers' unprecedented two-day walkout was peaceful.
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