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By Barbara Diamond | October 27, 2006
South Coast Medical Center staff barely had time to say hello to their new chaplain when they were bidding him hasta la vista . The Rev. Bucky Weeks, who joined the staff on Sept. 15, left on Wednesday for a two-week trip to lead a medical team to care for Habit for Humanity volunteers in India. The 20-member team will provide emergency medical care to the 4,000 volunteers who are building 100 homes in a village near Lonavala from today to Nov. 5. Weeks will be working alongside former President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who founded the building projects.
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By Cindy Frazier | June 30, 2009
Adventist Health is not offering employees laid off from jobs at South Coast Medical Center the opportunity to obtain group health insurance under COBRA, the federal law that requires most employers to provide access to group health insurance for employees who are laid off. Adventist spokeswoman Alicia Gonzalez said the health care firm does not have to provide COBRA because it is a faith-based entity. Adventist Health Systems is affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 26, 2009
Bruce Christian will end his long association with South Coast Medical Center on March 15. Christian announced his resignation as president to the hospital staff Feb. 20, terminating an association that began about 18 years ago, when he served first as a business consultant and then as a board member at the request of Adventist Health. His association with Adventist goes back even further to his school days. “We appreciate the leadership, hard work and dedication that Bruce has provided to SCMC during his tenure as CEO,” said Robert G. Carmen, president and chief executive of Adventist and chairman of the medical center board.
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By Cindy Frazier | June 4, 2009
At least one outpatient program offered at South Coast Medical Center will be eliminated under Mission Hospital, the Coastline Pilot has learned. The hospital is in the process of transferring ownership from Adventist Health Systems to Mission Hospital, part of St. Joseph Health System. The state attorney general’s office is expected to issue a decision June 12 on the fate of the hospital. The hospital’s cardiac outpatient program will no longer be available at the Laguna Beach hospital and those patients will have to go to Mission Hospital for treatment, Mission spokeswoman Kelsey Martinez said.
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By Cindy Frazier | July 3, 2009
Adventist Health Systems is not offering extended medical benefits under COBRA to an estimated 100-plus employees laid off from now-defunct South Coast Medical Center, claiming the organization is exempt from the federal law because of its affiliation with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Instead of obtaining 18 months of coverage, subsidized by the federal government under the 2009 stimulus plan, former employees were offered in-house health coverage that ends after six months — unless the ex-employee is unable to work due to a disability.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 27, 2006
South Coast Medical Center staff barely had time to say hello to their new chaplain when they were bidding him hasta la vista . The Rev. Bucky Weeks, who joined the staff on Sept. 15, left on Wednesday for a two-week trip to lead a medical team to care for Habit for Humanity volunteers in India. The 20-member team will provide emergency medical care to the 4,000 volunteers who are building 100 homes in a village near Lonavala from today to Nov. 5. Weeks will be working alongside former President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who founded the building projects.
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