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June 18, 2012
The Laguna Beach Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority rescued an injured hiker via helicopter at 10:22 a.m. Saturday in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, according to a news release. The 51-year-old man, who was just off of the Laguna Ridge Trail on the north side of Laguna Canyon Road, was deemed a trauma case due to his medical needs and injuries sustained. After Laguna Beach firefighters made their way in about a half-mile to locate and treat the man, they determined he couldn't be hand-carried out, so he had to be transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital Trauma Center in Mission Viejo.
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By Kenneth D. McFarland | May 2, 2013
Meeting the evolving healthcare needs of our community requires both flexibility and investment. In the tradition of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Mission Hospital - Laguna Beach is committed to ensuring everyone in our communities has access to advanced, compassionate healthcare. When South Coast Medical Center faltered over three years ago, Mission Hospital readily made the $35 million commitment to the people of Laguna Beach so they would continue to have access to complete, compassionate healthcare in their local setting.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | March 17, 2011
Mission Hospital officials presented a strategic plan this week they said will meet state requirements for seismic standards up to 2030 and include services tailored to the needs of the community. The plan includes retrofitting, the introduction of new and improved services, cosmetic and efficiency renovations within a sustainable budget and without a reduction in the bed count, officials said. It is related to and dependent on revisions to the Mission Viejo strategy, begun before the Laguna Beach campus was acquired about 18 months ago, which changed the game plan.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 13, 2013
City officials and Mission Hospital representatives met recently to discuss possible changes to the Laguna Beach campus. Among the issues discussed were a reduction in intensive care patients and the effect on the campus of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian becoming affiliated with the St. Joseph Health. Councilman Robert Whalen, who represented the city along with Mayor Kelly Boyd and City Manager John Pietig, said at the June 4 council meeting that there would be no substantial change in the hospital's level of service.
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By Cindy Frazier | June 19, 2009
South Coast Medical Center will have a new owner on June 30. Adventist Health and Mission Hospital have both agreed to conditions placed on transfer of the hospital to Mission, Adventist announced in a press release Friday. The state Attorney General’s office announced on June 9 its approval of the acquisition of South Coast Medical Center by St. Joseph Health System’s Mission Hospital from Adventist Health, but Mission and Adventist had not until today accepted the terms imposed by the state.
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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: Lauren Vane | September 2, 2005
A man was killed late Monday while crossing South Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way in a marked and lighted crosswalk, police said. It is the second crosswalk fatality in 12 months. Jaime Ramirez, 20, of Mexico, was transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he died of injuries. Jaime Ramirez's cousin, Marcos Ramirez,19, was also injured in the accident. He's in serious condition at Mission Hospital. The two men were hit in the marked crosswalk, illuminated by flashing lights, by a 49-year-old Tustin man driving a Toyota Sequoia.
NEWS
July 14, 2011
Among the many viewing pleasures of the fabulous holiday weekend was the extraordinary array of watersports gracing our pristine waters. Kayaking, swimming, diving, boating, and that most pandemic of water sports — stand-up paddleboarding. There was a panoply of healthy, eco-friendly, noiseless activities that reminded us of the amazing bluebelt playground we call home. And all of it was enhanced by warm, clean, clear water and our ubiquitous, resplendent golden kelp beds. Monet couldn't have painted it better.
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By Teresa Day | July 3, 2009
At midnight Tuesday, Adventist Health transferred to Mission Hospital ownership of what was known as South Coast Medical Center, the community hospital we?ve been privileged to operate for the past decade. During that time dedicated physicians, employees and volunteers provided quality, compassionate care to the community we have all come to know and love. The decision to sell the hospital was difficult and painful, but necessary if the hospital were to continue to play its essential role in the health of the community.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
Applicants sought for two city committees The City Council is now accepting applications for both the Heritage Committee and the TechComm Committee, according to a news release from the city. There are five seats open for two-year terms on the Heritage Committee, which advises the council on historical preservation matters in the city. There are two seats open for two-year terms on the TechComm Committee, which advises the council on telecommunications issues like cable TV, public access television, Internet and telephone service.
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April 30, 2014
A woman was hospitalized after two cars collided on South Coast Highway on Friday morning, Laguna Beach police said. The crash occurred at 8:05 a.m. in the 2400 block when a 24-year-old San Clemente woman, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, made an illegal U-turn from the northbound side of South Coast Highway north of Upland Road, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man driving a Chevrolet Volt hit the Corolla, sending the car across southbound lanes, police said.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 30, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge, Mission Hospital's emergency services director and a sheriff's deputy will discuss recent drug-use trends in Orange County at a public meeting May 12 in the Laguna Beach High School library. Laguna Beach Unified School District middle and high school students and parents are invited to attend "OC REALITY - Electronic Cigarettes and other Drug Trends … What Every Parent and Student Should Know. " Speakers will touch on a variety of topics, from e-cigarette use to the types of drugs that doctors see in patients who enter emergency rooms, according to a district news release.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
A Laguna Beach teen was hit by a BMW at Thalia and Glenneyre streets Monday and injured, Laguna Beach police said. Police said the boy,14, was walking south on Thalia in the marked crosswalk when a car driven by a 68-year-old Laguna Beach resident struck him as it traveled west on Glenneyre about 6:05 p.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The teen was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he received sutures for an elbow laceration and was released, Callus said.
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By Bryce Alderton and By Bryce Alderton | January 27, 2014
An Irvine man died a week shy of his 30th birthday in a multiple-vehicle collision on North Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, authorities said. The Orange County coroner has identified the dead man as Erik Valencia.  The head-on collision occurred at 1:34 p.m. Sunday in the 3000 block near Irvine Cove and involved four vehicles, according to the Laguna Beach Police Department.  Valencia, who died at the scene, was a passenger in a silver Honda...
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By Bryce Alderton | December 26, 2013
Mission Hospital Laguna Beach soon will be able to better withstand shaking from an earthquake. The hospital at 31872 S. Coast Hwy., part of the St. Joseph Health system, is embarking on a $15-million seismic retrofit project, according to a news release. The project will be done in seven phases in a two-year period - upon completion the hospital will meet the state's seismic medical building requirements through 2030, the release said. Workers have begun construction improvements, which will impact the following units: behavioral health, intensive care, in-patient chemical dependency and medical/surgical, according to Michael Beck, the hospital's vice president of operations.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 13, 2013
City officials and Mission Hospital representatives met recently to discuss possible changes to the Laguna Beach campus. Among the issues discussed were a reduction in intensive care patients and the effect on the campus of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian becoming affiliated with the St. Joseph Health. Councilman Robert Whalen, who represented the city along with Mayor Kelly Boyd and City Manager John Pietig, said at the June 4 council meeting that there would be no substantial change in the hospital's level of service.
NEWS
By Kenneth D. McFarland | May 2, 2013
Meeting the evolving healthcare needs of our community requires both flexibility and investment. In the tradition of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Mission Hospital - Laguna Beach is committed to ensuring everyone in our communities has access to advanced, compassionate healthcare. When South Coast Medical Center faltered over three years ago, Mission Hospital readily made the $35 million commitment to the people of Laguna Beach so they would continue to have access to complete, compassionate healthcare in their local setting.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a car while crossing South Coast Highway around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Laguna Beach police said. Three 911 callers reported a traffic collision at 9:32 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Coast Highway near Center Street, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. A 58-year-old female Dana Point resident attempted to legally cross where there is no electronic walk sign, police said. Police said the woman sustained multiple injuries, though none is life-threatening.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 1, 2012
Mission Hospital Laguna Beach has another three years to come up with a permanent home for diagnostic equipment now housed in a temporary trailer parked in a lot on hospital property. The Planning Commission unanimously approved at its Oct. 24 meeting a request by the hospital for a temporary use permit to continue the use of MRI equipment and a chiller adjacent to the trailer. Noise from equipment will continue to be buffered by two concrete-block walls in the parking lot between the hospital and an office building on the 11.8-acre campus in South Laguna.
NEWS
June 18, 2012
The Laguna Beach Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority rescued an injured hiker via helicopter at 10:22 a.m. Saturday in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, according to a news release. The 51-year-old man, who was just off of the Laguna Ridge Trail on the north side of Laguna Canyon Road, was deemed a trauma case due to his medical needs and injuries sustained. After Laguna Beach firefighters made their way in about a half-mile to locate and treat the man, they determined he couldn't be hand-carried out, so he had to be transported by helicopter to Mission Hospital Trauma Center in Mission Viejo.
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