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By Teresa Day, Adventist Health Vice President | July 1, 2009
On June 30 at midnight, 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.
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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
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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January 9, 2012
Esther Adler, author of "Breaking the Chains to Freedom," will speak at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Adler's book details the abuse she says she suffered from a young child to a victim of domestic abuse as a wife, and how she overcame the self-defeating patterns in her life to become psychologically strong. Adler said she became a caregiver for her mother, a stroke victim, at the age of eight. While she says she resented losing her childhood to care for her mother, she now believes the experience enriched her. In adulthood, Adler says she ended up in an abusive marriage after leaving a fanatical religious society.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
Mission Hospital Laguna Beach has invited the public to attend an hour-long presentation Tuesday to hear about its long-term plans. Hospital Administrator Michael Beck announced the presentation at the March 1 City Council meeting. "After a lot of assessment and analysis and a lot of engagement of a lot of really smart people — and a lot of expensive people, too, Mission Hospital has developed a long-term plan for Mission Hospital Laguna Beach that we would like to share with the public and engage the community dialogue around," he said.
NEWS
October 23, 2009
Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will hold a series of neighbor forums from November to April. Michael Beck, vice president of operations, invites the community to learn more about current hospital happenings and ask questions from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the hospital auditorium. This forum is the first in a series of six monthly meetings to allow hospital officials to get to know the community better and understand what is important to Laguna Beach. The other five forums will also take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Other forums are scheduled for:  Dec.
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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 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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2012
Esther Adler, author of "Breaking the Chains to Freedom," will speak at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Adler's book details the abuse she says she suffered from a young child to a victim of domestic abuse as a wife, and how she overcame the self-defeating patterns in her life to become psychologically strong. Adler said she became a caregiver for her mother, a stroke victim, at the age of eight. While she says she resented losing her childhood to care for her mother, she now believes the experience enriched her. In adulthood, Adler says she ended up in an abusive marriage after leaving a fanatical religious society.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 14, 2011
Peter Bastone, president and chief executive of Mission Hospital, has announced his resignation after more than a decade with the St. Joseph Health System. He will leave Mission Hospital, which has locations in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo, on June 30 for other opportunities. "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my plan to resign," Bastone said in a statement. "With many of my personal and professional goals for Mission Hospital accomplished, I am excited about moving on to explore new challenges.
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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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