Orange County Business Journal

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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.

Allergan Brand Equity Seen as Key to Top Billing

HEALTHCARE: Name better known than buyer in $71B deal

Actavis PLC’s recent decision to take on the name and ticker symbol of Allergan Inc. after it completes its $70 billion acquisition of the Irvine-based drugmaker next month brought plaudits from the local business community, where the move was hailed as a worthy acknowledgment and good business sense.

Irvine-Based REIT Discusses Probe of Biggest Tenant

HCP Says Nursing Home Operator Cooperating

Executives at Irvine-based HCP Inc. are standing behind their largest tenant, which is being investigated by the Department of Justice and several other federal agencies.

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Architect Gives to SC Hospital Effort

Lawrence Armstrong, a San Clemente resident and chief executive of Irvine-based architecture and planning firm Ware Malcomb, said today that his firm will donate $250,000 worth of design and planning services to keep the current Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente campus open.

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St. Joseph Health Boss to Retire

Irvine-based St. Joseph Health said today that longtime Chief Executive Deborah Proctor will retire from her post at the end of 2015.

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ReShape Raises More Money

San Clemente-based device maker ReShape Medical Inc. raised $6.75 million in debt financing, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Masimo Beats on Q4

Irvine patient monitor maker Masimo Corp. reported financial results after markets closed Tuesday that surpassed Wall Street expectations.

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AtheroNova Shares Down on Debt

Irvine-based drugmaker AtheroNova Inc.’s shares fell sharply Friday after it disclosed that it experienced “an event of default” on a $427,500 loan that triggered defaults on three others.

Startup Armed With Cash to Develop ‘Novel’ Drug

HEALTHCARE: $22M for blindness prevention medicine

San Juan Capistrano-based startup Allegro Ophthalmic LLC is aiming to take on a major cause of blindness and has an enriched war chest to do it with.

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AtheroNova Shares Fall on Debt News

Irvine-based drugmaker AtheroNova Inc.’s shares fell sharply today after it disclosed that it experienced “an event of default” on a $427,500 loan that triggered defaults on three others.

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Actavis Cutting More Jobs

Actavis PLC will cut more jobs just over the county line in Corona, as it awaits the finalization of its buy of Irvine-based Allergan Inc., according to a state filing.

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Edwards Changes Directors

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. said today that it made a pair of changes to its board of directors.

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Ensign Meets Q4 Profit Projections

Mission Viejo-based Ensign Group Inc. today reported an adjusted profit that matched Wall Street’s expectations.

Big Hospitals’ Profits Drop 21% in Year Through Sept.

28 on List Have Second Down Year in a Row

Pretax profits dropped steeply at Orange County’s largest hospitals during the past year.

Q&A

Healthcare is more often being delivered outside of traditional hospital walls, a trend that has been driven to some degree by the Affordable Care Act, as well as by technological improvements. Orange County hospitals are no stranger to the shift. The Business Journal’s Vita Reed talked to several hospital executives to discuss outpatient offerings and their purposes. Edited excerpts of their answers follow.

Community Benefits a Must for Private Nonprofits

Law Requires the Hospitals To Assume Social Obligation

More than a few of Orange County’s prominent hospital operators deliver something in addition to their standard healthcare: “community benefits.”

Analyst Outlook Good for Tenet, Other For-Profits

Credits Bigger Post-Reform Medicaid Enrollee Numbers

Tenet Healthcare Corp. (see story, page TK), which owns three Orange County hospitals, should get a bump this year from increased Medicaid enrollment fueled by healthcare reform, according to one analyst.

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Allergan Beats Analysts' Expectations

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. Wednesday reported mixed fourth-quarter financial results.

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Tenn. Company Adds Aliso Hospital

AAC Holdings Inc., a publicly traded operator of inpatient substance abuse treatment centers, is buying a hospital with a license for 84 beds in Aliso Viejo for $13.5 million, according to a news release.

UCI Could Reconfigure Duties for Medical Post

HEALTHCARE: Likely to oversee all of ‘medical enterprise’

The search for a new chief executive for UC Irvine Medical Center will likely take awhile as another key job gets reconfigured.

USGI Raises $19.5M for Launch of Pose

San Clemente-based USGI Medical Inc. raised more than $19.5 million from equity and debt investors.

Pearson Tells of ‘Miscalculations’ in Allergan Pursuit

Valeant CEO Talks To Financial Times

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s chief executive is speaking out on his company’s unsuccessful seven-month pursuit of Irvine-based drugmaker Allergan Inc.

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$15M for Crossover Health

Aliso Viejo-based Crossover Health Inc. said it received $15 million in equity financing.

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USGI Medical Gets $19.5M

San Clemente-based USGI Medical Inc. has raised more than $19.5 million from equity and debt investors.

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Allergan Sets Meeting on Actavis Deal

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. has set a March 10 special meeting to get shareholder approval of its acquisition by Actavis PLC in a cash-and-stock deal currently valued at about $70 billion.

Stem Cells Step Forward With OC Manufacturing

HEALTHCARE: Latest FDA trial, manufacturing set to start here

What could be the most advanced attempt to bring stem cell treatments to the market could start any day now in Orange County.

Senate Again Tackles Medical Device Tax Repeal

Industry Leaders Monitor Debate Over Hated Levy

A new Congress is in session, and one of its first actions took up a top goal of the medical device industry in Orange County and elsewhere: the repeal of a federal tax on companies’ revenues.

Summit Picks Brains About Healthcare Accelerators

Institute Hosts Event On Helping Efforts Succeed

The La Palma-based Innovation Institute, a provider of business services and products and investment management services to health systems, is taking a broad role in championing its cause.

2015 Preview: HEALTHCARE

Orange County’s healthcare sector marks the beginning of a new era in 2015—one that no longer features Allergan Inc. as a locally based company.

Report Puts Apria On Sales Block

Lake Forest-based Apria Healthcare Group Inc. is up for sale, according to an industry website.

St. Joseph Hoag, Irvine Company Extend Partnership

HEALTHCARE: 2nd edition of concept at Jamboree Center

St. Joseph Hoag Health has laid another building block for the integrated regional care delivery it is establishing in Orange County.

La Palma Hospital Switches to Nonprofit Status

Ontario-based Prime Health Services said it donated La Palma Intercommunity Hospital to the Prime Healthcare Foundation.

UCI Medical Center Head to Retire

UC Irvine Medical Center Chief Executive Terry Belmont said he plans to retire from his post on June 30.

Edwards Reaches to Roots for Engineer Training

U. of Oregon Partnership Helps Teach Engineers

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp., maker of replacement heart valves and other cardiovascular devices, is working with the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore., on a technical training program.

Allergan Execs Hold Own at Operations Level

An early look at Actavis PLC’s plans to integrate its $68 billion acquisition of Allergan Inc. signals that operations executives from the Irvine-based drugmaker will maintain a strong presence in the combined company.

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La Palma Hospital Goes Nonprofit

Ontario-based Prime Health Services said today that it donated La Palma Intercommunity Hospital to the Prime Healthcare Foundation.

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UCI Medical Center Chief to Retire

UC Irvine Medical Center Chief Executive Terry Belmont said today that plans to retire from the post on June 30.

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SJC Eye Drug Maker Gets $20M from South Korean Pharma

San Juan Capistrano-based Allegro Opthalmics LLC said today that it raised $20 million from South Hanmi Pharmaceutical in South Korea.

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NB Company Invests in Biotech Firm

Newport Beach-based CureDuchenne Ventures LLC said today that it invested $1 million in Capricor Therapeutics Inc. to fund research for treating heart disease associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Hoag Irvine Expansion Plan Aims to Deliver ‘Healthcare Village’

HEALTHCARE: 3-building center expected to open in 2016

Put Irvine and Hoag down as a good match.

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Deals for Ensign in Three States

Mission Viejo-based Ensign Group Inc. has bought several skilled nursing, home healthcare and hospice operations.

Pyott's Premium

$68B Deal Puts Allergan Boss in First Position

David Pyott expected 2014 to be a year of hunting for deals.

Edwards In $50M Round for NorCal Device Maker

HEALTHCARE: Gets option to buy Menlo Park-based startup

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. has dipped its toe into the investment waters of the medical device business.

More Investor Attention for Edwards’ Valves Expected

Leerink: High-Growth Markets to Get More Cash

High-growth medical technology markets, such as transcatheter heart valves—a bellwether product for Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (see story, page 3)—will continue to draw increasing levels of investor attention this year, according to a recent report by Boston-based investment bank Leerink Partners.

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Auxilio Signs $18M Contract

Mission Viejo-based Auxilio Inc., a managed print services company focused on the healthcare industry, said it has signed a five-year, $18 million contract with the largest operating region of what it called “a top 10 U.S. health system.”

Quality Systems Enters Cloud With New Products

Uses Annual Meeting To Talk Up Coming Debuts

Quality Systems Inc. is dipping into the world of cloud computing and recently shared some of its new products at its annual users’ group meeting.

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