Orange County Business Journal

Vita Reed covers healthcare, including health insurance, hospitals, medical devices and drug companies for the Orange County Business Journal. She can be reached at

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AtheroNova Prices Offering

Irvine-based biotechnology company AtheroNova Inc. priced an offering of 4 million shares of its stock and warrants to buy its stock.

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Placentia-Linda Hospital Names Chief Executive

Tenet Healthcare Corp. said today that Audrey Gregory is the new chief executive of Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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CareTrust Buys Idaho Senior Housing

Mission Viejo-based CareTrust REIT Inc. said today that it will spend $12 million to buy three senior housing facilities.

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Valeant Might Up Bid; Allergan Beats the Street

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. said today it would be willing to raise its hostile takeover bid for Irvine-based Allergan Inc. to $200 a share.

Abbott Medical Optics Unveils Two New Products

FDA OK’d Their Laser Cataract Surgery Use

Abbott Medical Optics, a Santa Ana-based business unit of Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories, is introducing a pair of products for laser cataract surgeries.

Kaiser Chief Ends Long OC Run, Heads to ATL

HEALTHCARE: No word yet on successor to veteran exec

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan is set to get a new top official in Orange County.

As the Takeover Turns: Advantage Valeant—Can It Hold Serve?

HEALTHCARE: Q3 boost; Allergan gives lengthy critique

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. got some traction on its hostile takeover attempt of Allergan Inc. last week, with a third-quarter earnings report reversing a weekslong dip that had dragged its bid below the market value of the Irvine-based drugmaker.

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Kareo Raises $15M

Irvine-based Kareo Inc. said today that it received $15 million in mezzanine debt financing, bringing its total capital raised this year to $47 million.

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Edwards Beats Estimates

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. after markets closed Thursday posted third-quarter financial results that exceeded expectations, and the stock continued to rise on Friday.

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Miller-Phipps to Kaiser’s Georgia Plan

Kaiser Permanente said Friday that Julie Miller-Phipps, vice president and executive director of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan in Orange County, was named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia.

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