Orange County Business Journal

Less Healthcare Use Spurs UnitedHealth, Other Insurers

Patients Seen Upping Use in Second Half of Year Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cameron is planning to submit data from the trial to regulators later this year to seek marketing approval for its S-ICD device in the U.S., according to Chief Executive Kevin Hykes.

The device received European regulatory clearance in 2009.

S-ICD is implanted under the skin and provides an electric shock to interrupt a potentially fatal heart rhythm during a heart attack. It differs from other defibrillators in that it operates without electrical lead wires within a patient’s veins.

Instead, it directly links to the heart, lessening the risk of scar tissue buildup and fractures.

Cameron, a venture capital-backed device maker, has raised some $85 million in funding. Investors include Natick, Mass.-based Boston Scientific Corp., which also has an option to buy the company.

New Hospital Boss

Tenet Healthcare Corp., a Dallas-based hospital operator with three local facilities, appointed Jeffrey Koury as its senior vice president of operations for California. Koury, who works out of Santa Ana, replaces Jeffery Flocken, who announced his retirement in April.

Koury most recently was vice president of operations, finance, for Tenet California.

In his new job, he oversees strategic development and operations for Fountain Valley Hospital Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Los Alamitos Medical Center, Placentia-Linda Community Hospital and nine other facilities in California and Nebraska.

Flocken, a former chief operating officer for Orange-based St. Joseph Health System, has been with Tenet California since 2005 and was promoted to senior vice president in 2006.

Tenet, which once was the county’s largest hospital operator, sold off many of its local holdings in recent years.

Bits and Pieces

The California Dental Association, a Sacramento-based trade group, drew 26,000 dentists and other dental professionals to Anaheim earlier this week. The convention featured continuing education courses and 600 exhibitors … Lake Forest-based InSight Health Corp. said it signed a multiyear deal to provide mobile positron emission tomography and computed tomography medical scanning services for the Holy Spirit Hospital of Camp Hill, Pa. … Cerna Healthcare Inc., an Irvine home healthcare company, said it launched a service to take care of senior citizens with multiple or complex conditions. Cerna cares for seniors with injuries and brain diseases and operates in Southern California and Dallas. The Pharmacy Quality Alliance presented an award to Orange-based CalOptima’s OneCare prescription drug program. CalOptima oversees publicly funded healthcare coverage for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities.

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