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Hospital Network Shifts ER Strategy

Providence St. Joseph creates outpatient center to handle patients with mental illness. Medical network to launch an outpatient center to tend mentally ill ER patients.

Braille Institute Receives Largest Donation in Organization’s History

A $5 million gift from a foundation associated with Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries will help the Braille Institute of America offer free low-vision assistance across Southern California.

SoCal Universities Win $8 Million Grant to Develop Bionic Suit for Paralyzed Patients

People with paraplegia may someday be able to hit their stride in a so-called bionic suit thanks to an $8 million federal research grant to three Southern California universities, officials announced Wednesday.

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Kaiser Appoints Harvard Pediatrics Professor to Lead Company’s New Pasadena Medical School

A new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in Pasadena has named an international leader in child, adolescent and family health to be its first chief executive and founding dean, Kaiser officials announced Tuesday.

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UCLA Launches First-of-Its-Kind Stem Cell Trial to Combat Cancer

Scientists at UCLA have launched the first genetically engineered blood stem cell clinical trial to fight cancer thanks to $20 million in voter-approved funds earmarked for stem cell research, university officials announced Monday.

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Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Acquires Capsa Healthcare

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Beverly Hills, partnered with management to purchase Capsa Healthcare, a global provider of mobile workstations, medication management tools and pharmacy automation systems, company officials announced Monday.

Providence St. Joseph Health Consolidates 14 Hospitals in SoCal

Providence St. Joseph Health has consolidated 14 hospitals across Southern California under new leadership based in Los Angeles, within a new umbrella organization spanning Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, officials announced Thursday.

Kids Dental Kare Sold to Western Dental Services

East Hollywood’s Kids Dental Kare has been sold to Western Dental Services Inc., one of the nation’s largest dental providers, company officials announced Thursday.

NantHealth to Market Cancer Diagnostic Test Throughout Southeast Asia

NantHealth Inc. has made a muscular bid to expand across Southeast Asia to shore up lagging sales of its GPS Cancer diagnostic test.

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More Litigation to Come After Beachbody Credit Card Renewal Settlement?

The settlement reached between the city of Santa Monica and Beachbody over the alleged practice of automatic credit card renewals may not be the last word in the dispute.

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USC Testing New Ultrasound Tech for Breast Cancer Screening

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is spearheading clinical trials of a new water mammogram technology for women with dense breast tissue.

Struggling Ambulance Companies See Hope in Rate Hike

To the Rescue?

L.A. ambulance businesses are pursuing a possibly life-saving rate hike from the city.

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Deals & Dealmakers: Healthy Pharma Score

Kite boosts prognosis for L.A. action as Gilead puts $11.9 billion down for firm.

L.A.’s biotech industry has long occupied the No. 3 spot in the state rankings behind San Francisco and San Diego, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t deals to be had.

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Solid Infrastructure Growth

CONSTRUCTION: LAX project tops at $1.9 billion.

L.A. County’s building boom continues to gain ground with infrastructure and general projects.

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Biocom Announces New Advisory Board to Boost L.A. Biotech

Biocom announced Thursday the formation of an advisory board for its Los Angeles office to help spur one of the nation’s fastest growing biotech markets.

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