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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1989
My husband, a Navy pilot in World War II and Korea, found it necessary to seek medical help at the Veterans Hospital. He went first to the clinic not knowing what to expect after a lifetime of care from private physicians. He has since been in the hospital itself. He found caring, considerate attention to his problems by a staff of dedicated, learned people who have his best interest at heart. The clinic and hospital are spotless, comfortable and cheery. We appreciate all that has been done for him over the past year.
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February 13, 2013 | Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Investors didn't give a warm welcome to the incoming chief executive of health insurance giant WellPoint Inc. Shares of the nation's second-largest health insurer fell $3.01, or nearly 5%, to $63 in trading Wednesday, a day after the company named a veteran hospital executive to be its next CEO. WellPoint, which runs Anthem Blue Cross in California and health plans in 13 other states, picked Joseph Swedish to lead the company through a tumultuous...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1993 | SUE REILLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Almost every Thursday for the past 18 years, Jack Freeman has left his Reseda home and headed for the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Hospital. He's not in need of medical attention. He wants to jazz the place up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor and suspected victim of elder abuse was found disoriented, dehydrated and living in filth at his home near El Cajon this week, clutching his prized possession: a picture of the ship that he was serving on the day of the Japanese attack. Arnold V. Bauer, suffering from dementia and prostate cancer, was taken to the Veterans Affairs hospital in San Diego, authorities said. Bauer's caretaker for the last three years, Milagros Angeles, 63, pleaded not guilty Thursday to four felony counts of elder abuse, theft, forgery and false imprisonment.
NEWS
April 6, 1991 | From Associated Press
The government accepted blame Friday for six deaths at a veterans' hospital in North Chicago, where poor care forced an end to certain surgeries and led to changes in the staff. The concession followed a report last week by investigators in the Veterans Affairs Department, who said they had found improper treatment, untimely tests and unnecessary surgeries at the hospital. "To say it is the worst hospital in our system would not be a fair statement," said Dr. James Holsinger Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by the VA to dramatically increase fees at a parking lot used by Brentwood shoppers is prompting an outcry by merchants and complaints of favoritism in the use of surplus veterans hospital land. Brentwood Village shop owners assert that a proposed 660% rate increase at the government-owned lot could force dozens of boutiques and stores near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue out of business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking into an unusual series of deaths -- five in three months -- among men in residential rehabilitation programs or emergency housing at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, officials said. The deaths include that of Iraq war veteran Justin Bailey, 27, whose apparent prescription-medicine overdose Jan. 26 was the subject of a Times story last month. "Obviously, these problems go beyond Walter Reed," said Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
An Iraq war veteran who waved a gun on a Santa Barbara highway and was repeatedly found outside actor Tom Cruise's home is on psychiatric hold at a veterans hospital. A judge Monday issued a warrant for Edward Van Tassel to be returned to jail when he is released from the hospital in Los Angeles. It was not clear when that would be. The judge also reset Van Tassel's bail at $250,000, up from $50,000. Van Tassel is charged with several weapons violations stemming from a Nov. 3 episode on the 101 Freeway.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
So long, Cuckoo's Nest. Oregon State Hospital, the mental institution where the 1975 movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed, is making way for a new complex. Most of the dilapidated, 125-year-old main building will be torn down and replaced starting this fall. Although "Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed at the Salem facility, neither the movie nor the 1962 Ken Kesey novel on which it was based makes any specific references to Oregon State Hospital. Kesey drew on his experiences working at a veterans hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
NEWS
April 9, 1994
Dr. John Desneval Moriarty, 78, Hollywood psychiatrist who was an expert on alcoholism. A native of Jacksonville, Ill., Moriarty was educated at Illinois College and Northwestern University Medical School. He served as a Navy psychiatrist during World War II and later set up practice in Hollywood. Although he treated many film stars, he steadfastly refused to discuss them either in interviews or in his writings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2009 | Larry Gordon
Brush in hand, UCLA junior Jacob Castaneda was hard at work Tuesday, spreading a fresh coat of brown paint on the exterior of a classroom bungalow at Samuel Gompers Middle School. He was among an army of about 4,600 UCLA volunteers who came to the South Los Angeles campus and seven other spots around the region for a day of community service. "It's always nice to reach out to the community and it's always great to help out kids," said Castaneda, a Mid-City resident who recently transferred to UCLA from Santa Monica College.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
An Iraq war veteran who waved a gun on a Santa Barbara highway and was repeatedly found outside actor Tom Cruise's home is on psychiatric hold at a veterans hospital. A judge Monday issued a warrant for Edward Van Tassel to be returned to jail when he is released from the hospital in Los Angeles. It was not clear when that would be. The judge also reset Van Tassel's bail at $250,000, up from $50,000. Van Tassel is charged with several weapons violations stemming from a Nov. 3 episode on the 101 Freeway.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
So long, Cuckoo's Nest. Oregon State Hospital, the mental institution where the 1975 movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed, is making way for a new complex. Most of the dilapidated, 125-year-old main building will be torn down and replaced starting this fall. Although "Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed at the Salem facility, neither the movie nor the 1962 Ken Kesey novel on which it was based makes any specific references to Oregon State Hospital. Kesey drew on his experiences working at a veterans hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking into an unusual series of deaths -- five in three months -- among men in residential rehabilitation programs or emergency housing at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, officials said. The deaths include that of Iraq war veteran Justin Bailey, 27, whose apparent prescription-medicine overdose Jan. 26 was the subject of a Times story last month. "Obviously, these problems go beyond Walter Reed," said Rep.
OPINION
April 26, 2006
Re "Army Seeks Buyer for L.A. Land," April 24 I am a nurse at the veterans hospital in West Los Angeles and a disabled veteran. Reading that the Army is about to sell our land to wealthy developers is a slap in the face of every veteran. Perhaps the Army doesn't want its troops to see what may await them in the near future. This land was donated to veterans; little by little it is being taken away. Will our veterans now have to look up to clean, modern towers filled with affluent citizens looking down on them?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal by the VA to dramatically increase fees at a parking lot used by Brentwood shoppers is prompting an outcry by merchants and complaints of favoritism in the use of surplus veterans hospital land. Brentwood Village shop owners assert that a proposed 660% rate increase at the government-owned lot could force dozens of boutiques and stores near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Barrington Avenue out of business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1988
In response to Cynthia Osofsky's letter (Jan. 2), I, too, wanted to volunteer my services on Christmas Day but could not find a volunteer organization to be a part of for that one day. I decided to try the Veterans Hospital in Westwood, and when I told the gentleman at the information desk of my desire to visit any patients who had no relatives or other visitors, he thanked me for coming. I was only able to visit with two patients, and could offer each only my company and attention for an hour or so, but both men were surprised and grateful that someone had come just to be a friend.
OPINION
April 26, 2006
Re "Army Seeks Buyer for L.A. Land," April 24 I am a nurse at the veterans hospital in West Los Angeles and a disabled veteran. Reading that the Army is about to sell our land to wealthy developers is a slap in the face of every veteran. Perhaps the Army doesn't want its troops to see what may await them in the near future. This land was donated to veterans; little by little it is being taken away. Will our veterans now have to look up to clean, modern towers filled with affluent citizens looking down on them?
NEWS
December 19, 1999 | Associated Press
Federal investigators have documented almost 3,000 medical mistakes and mishaps in less than two years at veterans hospitals around the country, and more than 700 patients have died in those cases, according to a New York Times report. The Department of Veterans Affairs says in a new report that the accidents and deaths occurred from June 1997 to December 1998, in the first 19 months of a new policy that requires employees to report medical errors and "adverse events."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old man accused of running down a Los Angeles police officer during an early-morning investigation pleaded not guilty Tuesday in San Fernando Municipal Court to three felonies, including driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. If convicted, Edgar Avitia faces 10 years in prison stemming from a collision that left Officer Jeff Smith, 30, in critical condition early Sunday at San Fernando Road and Tuxford Street. Two other men were also struck.
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