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Labor of love: Nonprofit celebrates 30 years of teaching compassion

By   /  Friday, February 14th, 2014  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Features, 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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Sierra Vista and Twin Cities offer online medical records access

By   /  Tuesday, February 4th, 2014  /  Central Coast, Central Coast Health Watch, 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  /  Central Coast Health Watch, 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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USC affiliation lends clout to new Marian residency program

By   /  Friday, January 31st, 2014  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on USC affiliation lends clout to new Marian residency program

The Family Medicine Residency Program at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria is gearing up for its first class of primary-care residents to come on board this summer.

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Hospitals contest surgery safety rankings

By   /  Friday, August 16th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Central Coast Health Watch, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  1 Comment

Surgery safety ratings at tri-county hospitals ranged from the highest possible rank to second-to-lowest in a recent nationwide assessment released by Consumer Reports magazine, but many hospital officials dispute whether the methods used by the report accurately depict surgical quality. Released earlier this month, the report aims to provide a generalized standard of surgical safety Read More →

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Cottage, Sansum deal signals M&A wave

By   /  Friday, June 21st, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cottage, Sansum deal signals M&A wave

The two largest health care providers in Santa Barbara are in talks to merge just weeks after the city’s only free clinic system said it may shut down, potentially marking the emergence of a dominant market player with unprecedented power in price negotiations with private insurers and the government. Sansum Clinic and Cottage Health System Read More →

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Medicare data reveals big price discrepancies

By   /  Friday, May 17th, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Medicare data reveals big price discrepancies

Why does a hospital in San Luis Obispo charge tens of thousands dollars more for major joint replacement surgery than one across the Santa Barbara County line? And what’s behind a hospital in the city of Santa Barbara asking twice as much as a facility in nearby Lompoc? And perhaps more puzzling, why is the Read More →

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