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By Barbara Diamond | May 10, 2012
Laguna Beach Community Clinic supporters met the $10,000 challenge issued by resident Ron Beasley and clinic President Dr. Pam Lawrence at the annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser. Lawrence and Beasley kicked in $5,000 each, and guests responded with donations of $8,000 at the event, followed by email pledges and snail mail checks for an estimated total of $60,000, according to Monica Prado , clinic development director. Mayor Jane Egly was the first to respond to the challenge.
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By Jonathan Oyama | April 15, 2010
Laguna Beach resident Sadiq Tawfiq’s heart is still in his native Afghanistan, a country devastated by decades of war and destruction. Through his Afghan Amity Society, Tawfiq is raising money to build a hospital in the city where he was born. “When I traveled to Afghanistan after 24 years, I realized that the country is ruined and destroyed and is not the country that I used to know before I left,” he said. “People are desperate for everything — education, health, schools, hospitals.
NEWS
January 9, 2004
Suzie Harrison Typically when the Laguna Beach Community Clinic is mentioned, stories begin to pour out about what a godsend it has been during times of financial strife or when health insurance isn't possible -- that it has been an essential source for health care since it opened its doors in 1970. A resident of Laguna for more than 21 years, Katie Wingfield, said the clinic saved her life. The former artist said she was working on a portrait of an actor when she suffered a brain aneurysm.
NEWS
September 18, 2009
Did you know that folks working at a minimum wage or on unemployment are paying taxes that pay for social security, Medicare, veterans benefits (there are plenty of them collecting benefits even if they had desk jobs and never were in the line of fire) and for the bonuses and perks being paid to the idiots who caused the Wall Street debacle and ran companies into the ground with their excessive salaries and perks? There are folks whose employers don?t provide health-care benefits, or even if their employers did, they cannot afford to buy it for themselves or their children.
NEWS
March 13, 2009
Seminar talks about health care directives The Susi Q Senior Center will present a free seminar titled ?Advance health care directives, what everyone should know,? at 2 p.m. March 28 at the center, 380 Third St. Advanced health care directives allow you to have legal control over your health care treatment in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself, providing an efficient and flexible format for planning your future health care. Attorney R. Lee Anderson will share his expertise explaining the legal terms and guiding the participants through the process of filling out the forms.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
Calendar Listing: In the April 6 Calendar, 48th Congressional District candidate Ron Varasteh's last name was misspelled. 74th District: In the April 13 article "Candidates debate issues," it should have said Allan Mansoor approved banning sports at one Costa Mesa park. Democratic Club: The April 13 article "Hopefuls speak at club event" should have listed Robert Rush's profession as a certified public accountant, not a certified professional accountant. Also, he answered questions about single-payer health care, not single-parent health care.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 22, 2008
South Coast Medical Center was picketed this week by members of the carpenter?s union, which objects to the hiring practices for a San Diego County project associated with hospital owner Adventist Health. The union claims medical insurance benefits are not being provided for the workers on a senior housing project that is owned by Adventist Health, which also owns the medical center in South Laguna. ?The protest had nothing to do with South Coast Medical Center operations,?
BUSINESS
April 24, 2009
Bent to lead physicians? academy Dr. Tom Bent, medical director and chief executive of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, has been named president of the 7,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians, according to a news statement. His term began April 17. Bent is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UC Irvine and serves on the Academy?s Committee on Continuing Professional Development. Bent said he believes the time is right for health-care reform.
NEWS
May 1, 2009
Issues and concerns abound about the sale of South Coast Medical Center to Mission Hospital, but one thing is clear: Laguna Beach needs its own local hospital. The facility is vital to the community and is a hub of health care despite the difficulties for hospitals in general. Laguna Beach has had its own hospital for some 50 years. Its loss would be felt on many levels. Under Adventist Health, the hospital was seen as a money-loser, but it appears that was due to Adventist’s very costly way of operating, with high-paid on-site administrators and an “administrative fee” that turned out to be about the same as the hospital was “losing” every month.
NEWS
October 24, 2003
David E. Kelly Some of us work eight hour days. We work five days per week, with a paid annual vacation. It wasn't always so in this country. Many have died to win these rights for American workers. Although law made the eight-hour work day mandatory, many factories in Chicago in May of 1886 continued to force people to work 10-, 12- and 14-hour days, in many cases without a day off. The laws favoring workers were not enforced. After a strike at that time, five of those workers who were involved in the infamous Haymarket Massacre were hung on the scaffold.
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By Mary Dolphin | August 30, 2012
In my husband's country of Peru, many people are poor and many more are poorer still. When someone in a town or village becomes sick or has an accident, the women will gather, cook meals and assemble an event. The people attend to eat the food and then pay for it. That money is given to the family of the person who is sick or injured. This is because the people have no health insurance. A serious illness — like the time my husband had to have an emergency appendectomy — can wipe out what little wealth a family has. This is because in Peru, as it has been for several hundred years, a small elite controls the wealth of the country and providing health insurance to the population would diminish their overall take.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 16, 2012
Glennwood House in Laguna Beach will offer a home for 50 young adults with developmental disabilities. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 42-room, independent living facility, part of Glennwood Housing Foundation Inc., will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at 2130 S. Coast Hwy. The public is invited. "This is a pinnacle for us," said Shauna Bogert, executive director of the facility. "We have the loan, we have the city approval and the permits. "We are very excited," she added.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 10, 2012
Laguna Beach Community Clinic supporters met the $10,000 challenge issued by resident Ron Beasley and clinic President Dr. Pam Lawrence at the annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser. Lawrence and Beasley kicked in $5,000 each, and guests responded with donations of $8,000 at the event, followed by email pledges and snail mail checks for an estimated total of $60,000, according to Monica Prado , clinic development director. Mayor Jane Egly was the first to respond to the challenge.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
Calendar Listing: In the April 6 Calendar, 48th Congressional District candidate Ron Varasteh's last name was misspelled. 74th District: In the April 13 article "Candidates debate issues," it should have said Allan Mansoor approved banning sports at one Costa Mesa park. Democratic Club: The April 13 article "Hopefuls speak at club event" should have listed Robert Rush's profession as a certified public accountant, not a certified professional accountant. Also, he answered questions about single-payer health care, not single-parent health care.
NEWS
By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Coastline Pilot | April 12, 2012
Democrats running for office in November's election presented their platforms on health care, financial and education reform to a group of more than 30 people at the Unitarian Fellowship church in Laguna Beach on Wednesday. Each candidate had 20 minutes to speak and take questions from the audience at the event hosted by the Laguna Beach Democratic Club. Robert Rush is running for the 74th Assembly District, which includes Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine and Huntington Beach, against incumbent Assemblyman Allan Mansoor and Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, both Republicans.
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By William Dodge | February 23, 2012
So your child has a fever, what do you do? It depends. It is important to note that a fever is the body's natural response to the presence of an infection, so don't panic. There is evidence to suggest that the body's immune system is enhanced by the presence of the fever. A temperature of 100.4 degrees or more is considered a fever regardless of age. So now what do you do? First, make your child comfortable with a weight-appropriate dose of acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen. Your local pharmacist will let you know how much to give.
NEWS
December 6, 2011
The recent column written by David Hansen about Linda West-Conforti and her efforts to: "empower clients to take charge of their own health care" (and to help other individuals understand that there is a more natural approach to health) was most encouraging, ("Hansen: Bridging the medicine gap," Nov. 11). Many recognized authorities such as Deepak Chopra would agree, and in an article he expresses support for the idea that there is more to health than western medicine is addressing.
NEWS
November 17, 2011
        On Sunday, a crowd of enthusiastic gardeners, friends and donors partied to the tunes of the Garden Band, consisting of Tom Joliet, Tony Bisson and Denise Bennett. Mayor Toni Iseman and Councilwoman Verna Rollinger joined in celebrating the completion of the lower portion of the garden. Now there are 53 raised planting beds, with the end of the fall harvest squashes and the promise of winter vegetables coming on. Recognized donors included Steve and Liza Stewart of Stewarts Landscape, Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery, landscape architect Ann Christoph, and representatives of Butler Box and Stake and the South Coast Water District.
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By David Hansen | November 10, 2011
About 30 years ago as a U.S. Air Force medic working in intensive care units, I saw my share of illness and death. Even though I eventually got out of medicine, I have noticed many changes since then: •The way we do basic CPR has changed dramatically. •Once-sacred medicines have been outlawed. •Cardiac surgery is now almost an outpatient procedure. But one thing that hasn't changed is the near holy war between East and West. Shaman versus scientists. Herbalists versus pharmaceutical companies.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | August 11, 2011
Students in the Laguna Beach Unified School District have some of the lowest vaccination rates in Orange County, says a state report. Just more than 2 in 10 students in the district have failed to get vaccinated, according to data analyzed by the Orange County Health Care Agency. The yearly assessment by the California Immunization Branch looks at kindergarten classes and reports immunization compliance. In 2007, the county reached an historic high, 93% compliance. The goal for the state is 95%. The most recent assessment, from 2010, reveals that countywide immunization coverage has dropped to 89%. FOR THE RECORD: [This corrects the percentage of countywide immunization coverage.]
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