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Providence St. Joseph and Ascension in Reported Merger Discussion

Providence St. Joseph Health, which runs 14 hospitals in Southern California, is in talks to merge with Ascension Health to create the nation’s largest hospital chain, according to the Wall Street Journal.

UnitedHealth Group to Buy DaVita Medical Group of El Segundo for $5 billion

The largest health insurer in the U.S. will buy DaVita Medical Group of El Segundo, one of the nation’s largest physician groups, for $4.9 billion.

Gilead Sciences and Kite Pharma Acquire Cell Design Labs

Biotech giant Gilead Sciences Inc. and its Kite Pharma Inc. subsidiary in Santa Monica are buying Cell Design Labs Inc. for up to $567 million as the battle to develop cancer-targeting cell therapies heats up.

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Local Businesses Offer Services for Southern California Fire Victims

Businesses across Southern California, from insurance companies to animal hospitals, are lending support to those affected by wildfires raging across Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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Soon-Shiong’s NantHealth Inc. to Support UCSF Breast Cancer Study

NantHealth Inc. will support University of California San Francisco breast cancer research, the company announced Monday.

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New President, Head Physician for City of Hope Med Center

City of Hope National Medical Center appointed this week cancer researcher Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri as president and head physician.

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Seismic Deadline Shakes Hospital Landscape

MemorialCare Health System planned to spend $16 million for seismic retrofitting on top of the undisclosed price it paid for the bunch of century-old buildings at a hospital campus in Long Beach six years ago. Those plans crumbled when an active fault was found running beneath the 18-building, 158-bed Community Medical Center Long Beach.

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Da Vita Dialysis and Mauran Ambulance Employees Caught in Medicare Fraud Scheme

Two former employees of a Los Angeles-area ambulance company and a dialysis treatment center pleaded guilty on Monday to a Medicare fraud scheme that ran up nearly $7 million in fraudulent claims, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Monday.

Kaiser Study Finds Computer Alerts Curb Antibiotic Use

Doctors at Kaiser Permanente Southern California cut the odds of prescribing antibiotics for sinus infections by using digital health alerts to advise other physicians about their correct use, according to a study published Tuesday.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $1.5 Million Research Grant

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded a $1.5 million federal research grant to study what triggers inflammatory bowel disease in more than 1.5 million adults and children, officials said Monday.

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Digital Medicine Goes Concierge at Westfield Century City

It’s billed as “Apple store meets doctor’s office,” its chief executive hails from Google and its newest office opened last week in Westfield’s Century City mall instead of a medical building.

$1B Vision in Boyle Heights

Keck’s $1 billion vision in Boyle Heights.

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L.A. Overtakes San Diego in Life Sciences Jobs

Employment in the Los Angeles life sciences sector has surpassed that of San Diego, vaulting the region to No. 2 in the Golden State, according to an industry report.

USC Keck, Institute of Sports Physical Therapy to Operate Kings’ Facility

Keck Medicine of USC and Dr. John Meyer’s Institute of Sports Physical Therapy will operate at the Los Angeles Kings’ new orthopedic clinic and rehab facility in El Segundo when it is finished next year.

Leading L.A. Biotech Companies Post Q3 Losses

Two leading L.A. biotech companies reported third-quarter losses Thursday, while announcing increased sales of cancer treatments.

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