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July 10, 1996 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Dental Services Inc., a large dental health maintenance company, hired an industry veteran Tuesday as its new chief executive to help manage its growth and boost profits. Robert C. Schur, a former chief operating executive of PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.'s dental plan, replaced Michael Silva, a consultant who had held the posts of president and chief executive on a temporary basis since February 1995, according to a Western Dental official.
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November 12, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Dental Services Inc. said Wednesday that it named a new chief executive after the death in September of founder Dr. Robert F. Beauchamp, who was best known as the "credit dentist." The problem-plagued Garden Grove company, which bills itself as the nation's largest dental HMO, said it hired Samuel H. Gruenbaum, a lawyer and public accountant, as its new chief executive. Gruenbaum, 46, represented the company last year in its $1.
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BUSINESS
August 13, 1997 | BARBARA MARSH
Here's another one for the file on Western Dental Services Inc. In a suit filed last month in Orange County Superior Court, an orthodontist has accused the controversial Garden Grove-based operator of dental offices of wrongfully firing him for refusing to participate in insurance fraud. Guy W. Mendivil, hired in February 1995 as an orthodontist in the company's Oceanside office, was promoted the following August to a management post, according to his suit.
NEWS
September 16, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I gave the working people a service for a price they couldn't get elsewhere." --Edgar Rudolph "Painless" Parker, a controversial California dentist from early this century. * By all accounts, "Painless" Parker, who set up shop in Los Angeles in the early 1900s, was a real piece of dental work. Sporting a beaver-skin hat and a necklace strung with extracted incisors, Parker used traveling circuses, newspaper jingles and jugglers to promote business.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Dental Services Inc. said Wednesday it named a new chief executive following the death in September of founder Dr. Robert F. Beauchamp, who was best known as the "credit dentist." The family-owned Garden Grove company, which bills itself as the nation's largest dental HMO, said it hired Samuel H. Gruenbaum, a lawyer and public accountant, as its new CEO. Gruenbaum, 46, represented the company last year in its $1.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1997 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State regulators said Friday that they are asking the courts to fine Western Dental Services Inc. $3 million and to transfer the dental health plan into receivership for failing to correct alleged "quality-of-care" problems. Western Dental--owned in part by retired entrepreneur Dr. Robert F. Beauchamp Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1992 | SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A chain of California dental clinics that allegedly refused to treat four men infected with the AIDS virus was sued Thursday in what is being portrayed as a new effort to crack down on AIDS discrimination by health care providers. Attorneys in the lawsuit against Western Dental Services Inc.--which widely advertises as Dr. Beauchamp, the Credit Dentist--said it may be the first of several suits targeting dentists who practice such bias.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's largest dental HMO, already under state investigation for allegedly "shoddy" patient care, is now the focus of a federal criminal probe into insurance-fraud allegations made by former employees of Western Dental Services. About a dozen investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office raided two Western Dental clinics Friday morning in the Sacramento area and hauled out boxes of medical records sought under court order.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Avoiding potentially harsher actions, Western Dental Services agreed Monday to pay $1.7 million in penalties, take corrective action and allow outside monitoring of its business activities to settle state charges that the company operated a "low-quality dental mill" that performed "shoddy, dangerous" patient care. The settlement allows the Garden Grove-based company's current management and its controversial owners, retired dentist Robert Beauchamp Jr.
NEWS
May 17, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a scathing review of one of California's largest dental HMOs, state regulators Friday accused Western Dental Services of providing "shoddy, dangerous" medical care and showing a "contemptuous disregard" for patients, many of whom are poor or speak little English. "While this type of assembly line operation may be perfectly acceptable in the meatpacking industry, it has absolutely no place in the practice of dentistry," a lawsuit by the state Department of Corporations declares.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1997 | BARBARA MARSH
Here's another one for the file on Western Dental Services Inc. In a suit filed last month in Orange County Superior Court, an orthodontist has accused the controversial Garden Grove-based operator of dental offices of wrongfully firing him for refusing to participate in insurance fraud. Guy W. Mendivil, hired in February 1995 as an orthodontist in the company's Oceanside office, was promoted the following August to a management post, according to his suit.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Avoiding potentially harsher actions, Western Dental Services agreed Monday to pay $1.7 million in penalties, take corrective action and allow outside monitoring of its business activities to settle state charges that the company operated a "low-quality dental mill" that performed "shoddy, dangerous" patient care. The settlement allows the Garden Grove-based company's current management and its controversial owners, retired dentist Robert Beauchamp Jr.
BUSINESS
June 25, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Dental Services, facing a state lawsuit over alleged shoddy patient care and a federal criminal probe of alleged insurance fraud, accused California regulators Tuesday of violating their own procedures and conducting a witch hunt. Western, the state's biggest dental HMO, said the California Department of Corporations set a "secret higher standard" to "make Western look bad" during a survey that resulted in a report highly critical of Western's operations.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's largest dental HMO, already under state investigation for allegedly "shoddy" patient care, is now the focus of a federal criminal probe into insurance-fraud allegations made by former employees of Western Dental Services. About a dozen investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office raided two Western Dental clinics Friday morning in the Sacramento area and hauled out boxes of medical records sought under court order.
NEWS
May 17, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a scathing review of one of California's largest dental HMOs, state regulators Friday accused Western Dental Services of providing "shoddy, dangerous" medical care and showing a "contemptuous disregard" for patients, many of whom are poor or speak little English. "While this type of assembly line operation may be perfectly acceptable in the meatpacking industry, it has absolutely no place in the practice of dentistry," a lawsuit by the state Department of Corporations declares.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1997 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State regulators said Friday that they are asking the courts to fine Western Dental Services Inc. $3 million and to transfer the dental health plan into receivership for failing to correct alleged "quality-of-care" problems. Western Dental--owned in part by retired entrepreneur Dr. Robert F. Beauchamp Jr.
NEWS
September 16, 1997 | DAVID R. OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I gave the working people a service for a price they couldn't get elsewhere." --Edgar Rudolph "Painless" Parker, a controversial California dentist from early this century. * By all accounts, "Painless" Parker, who set up shop in Los Angeles in the early 1900s, was a real piece of dental work. Sporting a beaver-skin hat and a necklace strung with extracted incisors, Parker used traveling circuses, newspaper jingles and jugglers to promote business.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1996 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Dental Services Inc., a large dental health maintenance company, hired an industry veteran Tuesday as its new chief executive to help manage its growth and boost profits. Robert C. Schur, a former chief operating executive of PacifiCare Health Systems Inc.'s dental plan, replaced Michael Silva, a consultant who had held the posts of president and chief executive on a temporary basis since February 1995, according to a Western Dental official.
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