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Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

By   /  Friday, March 7th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Features, Health Care, Nonprofits, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Belt tightening: Amid drought, food banks face bare cupboards

Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Its cooler shelves are down to 75 percent of usual capacity of fresh produce as farmers donate less during the drought. (Alex Drysdale / Business Times photo)

Demand is up at the region’s food banks, and supply is down. In the for-profit world, those two factors would mean higher prices, but since food banks give away their products, their cupboards are starting to look a bit bare.

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Widow wins $4M verdict against Sierra Vista

By   /  Wednesday, March 5th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Health Care, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Widow wins $4M verdict against Sierra Vista

A San Luis Obispo jury has awarded $4 million to a woman who alleged that Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and an affiliated surgeon conspired to conceal the cause of a her husband’s death.

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Inogen shares stumble after $70.5M initial public offering

By   /  Friday, February 21st, 2014  /  Banking & Finance, Health Care, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Public Companies  /  2 Comments

Shares of Goleta-based Inogen settled into the low $15 range as the Business Times went to press Feb. 19 after the company raised $70.5 million in an initial public offering that priced at $16, the low end of its expected range. In addition to selling shares, the company changed some of the disclosures it made to investors, pointing out its steep reliance on government and private insurance programs for 41 percent of its total revenue in 2012.

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Labor of love: Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of teaching compassion

By   /  Friday, February 14th, 2014  /  Features, Health Care, Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Labor of love: Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of teaching compassion

Santa Barbara-based Adventures in Caring has taught thousands of future and practicing health-care professionals to provide compassion to their patients.

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Amgen teams up with Merck on melanoma treatments

By   /  Thursday, February 6th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Amgen teams up with Merck on melanoma treatments

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen and pharmaceutical giant Merck are working together to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of combined treatments for melanoma patients.

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Sierra Vista and Twin Cities offer online medical records access

By   /  Tuesday, February 4th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Health Care, Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Sierra Vista and Twin Cities offer online medical records access

Patients at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton are now able to access some of their health information online, the hospitals announced Tuesday.

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Community Memorial rising: $350M hospital in Ventura takes shape

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Health Care, Real Estate, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County  /  Comments Off on Community Memorial rising: $350M hospital in Ventura takes shape

The $350 million, 350,000-square-foot Community Memorial Hospital construction project in Ventura is on budget and on track, scheduled to open in the second half of 2015.

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