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Blue Shield agrees to acquire tri-county Physicians Choice Health Plan

By   /  Wednesday, January 8th, 2014  /  Health Care, Latest news, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Blue Shield agrees to acquire tri-county Physicians Choice Health Plan

Blue Shield of California has entered into an agreement to acquire Bakersfield-based GemCare Health Plan, which operates as Physicians Choice Health Plan in the Tri-Counties, the company announced Tuesday.

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Westlake Village founder’s trust gives $540M to cancer research

By   /  Monday, January 6th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Nonprofits, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Westlake Village founder’s trust gives $540M to cancer research

Ludwig Cancer Research, started by Westlake Village founding developer Daniel K. Ludwig, has donated $540 million to six U.S. Ludwig Centers on behalf of the late philanthropist’s trust, the organization announced Jan. 6.

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Thomas Aquinas prevails in suit over birth-control mandate

By   /  Monday, December 23rd, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Thomas Aquinas prevails in suit over birth-control mandate

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, a Catholic four-year liberal arts college, has prevailed in a lawsuit challenging the birth-control mandate of the Affordable Care Act, the school said Dec. 23.

The U.S. District Court judge, however, ruled against Thomas Aquinas’ co-plaintiffs, including the Catholic University of America and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, in the suit over the new health-care law.

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Sierra Vista names new chief executive

By   /  Monday, December 23rd, 2013  /  Central Coast, Health Care, Latest news  /  Comments Off on Sierra Vista names new chief executive

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo has named Joseph DeSchryver as its chief executive, effective Dec. 29. He previously served as the hospital’s chief operating officer.

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Amgen spinout Atara raises $38.5 million

By   /  Tuesday, December 17th, 2013  /  Health Care, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Amgen spinout Atara raises $38.5 million

Atara Biotherapeutics, a Thousand Oaks firm that emerged last year with major Silicon Valley backers and licenses to develop six Amgen assets, has raised $38.5 million to pursue treatments for dialysis complications and ovarian cancer.

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Sansum-Cottage deal heads to FTC for review

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Health Care, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Sansum-Cottage deal heads to FTC for review

The future of health care in South Santa Barbara County became considerably clearer in recent days, with the biggest merger in decades headed off for regulatory review and hiccups in the delivery of care through the state insurance exchange and to the poor largely resolved.

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Active Life device finds link between diabetes, bone issues

By   /  Friday, November 29th, 2013  /  Health Care, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Active Life device finds link between diabetes, bone issues

A device made by Santa Barbara-based Active Life Scientific played a critical role in a new study at the Mayo Clinic linking Type 2 diabetes to bone problems.

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