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.

Recent Stories

Biolase Shares Rise

Irvine-based Biolase Technology Inc.’s stock rose today on fourth-quarter and 2014 financial results that closed out a year of management shake-ups that appear to be behind the company.

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AtheroNova Files for Bankruptcy

Irvine-based AtheroNova Inc. and a subsidiary have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Device Maker Follows Side Effect Into New Niche

HEALTHCARE: Switch from respiratory to blood pressure aid

Rox Medical Inc. has shifted its business model as it seeks to lower the pressure—and possibly lure a buyer.

Proctor to Play Role in Pick of Successor at St. Joe

HEALTHCARE: CEO guided system into Hoag partnership

Veteran Orange County healthcare executive Deborah Proctor’s imprint will be felt by her successor.

Abbott Medical Brings Out New Intraocular Lenses

Two Versions of Tecnis To Restore Vision

Santa Ana-based Abbott Medical Optics continues to forge ahead with new products.

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2 OC Hospitals on Top 50 List

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, with campuses in Laguna Hills and San Clemente, placed among the top 50 hospitals in America, according to review organization Healthgrades Operating Co. Inc.

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Pyott in Line for $100M Payout

Allergan Inc. Chief Executive David Pyott is in line for a severance payment of $100 million as a result of Actavis PLC’s pending buy of the Irvine-based drug maker, according to a federal filing.

Harvard Makes Case Study of Hoag Orthopedic Institute

HEALTHCARE: Reform key context for research, report

How is the 5-year-old joint venture between nonprofit Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and a pair of doctors’ groups going?

For-Profit Hospitals Steady in Wake of Federal Reform

HEALTHCARE: Continued role seen for group

Nonprofit hospital affiliations and network creation in the wake of federal healthcare reform have dominated Orange County’s hospital headlines in recent months.

Quality’s New Quantity

Adoption of Electronic Medical Records Prompts Diversification at Software Maker

Quality Systems Inc. has gone from darling to diversification, and the shift in gears looks to be giving the Irvine-based medical software maker and its shares a shot in the arm.

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