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 reed@ocbj.com.

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MemorialCare Hospital Enters Pediatric Care Alliance

Fountain Valley-based MemorialCare Health System said today that its Miller Children’s Hospital formed an alliance with Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

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Alphaeon Buys Eye Product Maker

Newport Beach-based Alphaeon Corp. said today that it bought Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals LLC in a deal that it said could be worth up to $55 million.

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Quality Systems Misses on Profit, Beats on Revenues

Irvine-based Quality Systems Inc. today posted mixed financial results for the three months ended June 30.

Print Service Provider in Deal for Security Specialist

Auxilio Pays $2.7M for San Clemente Company

Mission Viejo-based Auxilio Inc., a managed print services company serving the healthcare industry, said it is acquiring information security manager Delphiis in San Clemente this month in a $2.7 million cash and stock deal.

USC’s Keck Gets OC Medical Practice

Keck Medicine of USC, the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, acquired Orange Coast Oncology Hematology Medical Associates for an undisclosed price as part of a cancer-treatment network allowing local patients to avoid trips to Los Angeles for care.

No Local Changes Seen After Medtronic Buy

HEALTHCARE: Q4 closing expected for $42.9B deal

Medtronic Inc. is likely to keep its Orange County operations basically intact, even after it wraps up a multibillion-dollar acquisition that could make it one of the top five medical device makers by local employment.

Kaiser Permanente Official Discusses Health Trends

Small Providers, Plans Could Join Under Reform

An official who works for the largest health maintenance organization operating in OC recently visited an unusual forum to talk health trends: an investment bank that covers some of its for-profit competitors.

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USC’s Keck Buys OC-Based Practice for Cancer Network

Keck Medicine of USC, the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, has acquired Orange Coast Oncology Hematology Medical Associates for an undisclosed price as part of a cancer-treatment network allowing local patients to avoid trips to Los Angeles for care.

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Ackman, Pershing Square Present Allergan Board Candidates

Activist investor Bill Ackman and his Pershing Square Capital Management LP today unveiled a slate of director candidates for Irvine-based Allergan Inc.

Intraocular Lenses Expected to Spur Abbott Growth

Recently Got European Approval for Device

Abbott Laboratories’ vision care unit, which has more than 600 workers in Orange County, represents “significant prospects” for the company, according to a recent article on the Seeking Alpha investor website.

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