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Former Lakewood Regional Chief New Hospitals’ Head

A pair of Orange County hospitals has a new chief executive.

Santa Ana-based KPC Healthcare Inc. announced late last month that Ron Galonsky will take over leadership of Chapman Global Medical Center in Orange and South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana. He replaces Don Kreitz, who has left to pursue other opportunities.

“Ron’s expertise in defining and implementing strategies to create successful patient care and service performance is considerable and well-respected in the healthcare industry,” said Suzanne Richards, KPC Health’s chief executive of healthcare operations, in a news release.

Galonsky previously was chief executive of Lakewood Regional Medical Center, a southern Los Angeles County hospital owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Chapman Global, formerly Chapman Medical Center, and South Coast Global, formerly known as Coastal Communities Hospital, at one time were owned by Tenet. KPC Global Healthcare, when it was known as Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc., acquired Chapman Global, South Coast Global, Orange County Global Medical Center (previously Western Medical Center-Santa Ana) and Anaheim Global Medical Center (previously Western Medical Center Anaheim) from Tenet in 2004.

Galonsky is a U.S. Army veteran who holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia.

South Coast Global and Chapman Global are among OC’s midsize hospitals, ranking 23rd and 24th, respectively, on the Business Journal’s most recent hospitals list.

South Coast Global posted a pretax net loss of $3 million on net patient revenue of $52.7 million in the 12 months ended in September. Chapman posted a pretax profit of $5 million on revenue of $45.5 million in the same period.

CHOC in Cancer Project

Children’s Hospital of Orange County is one of six clinical partners working with the University of California-Santa Cruz on a childhood cancer initiative.

The Orange pediatric hospital and five other institutions are planning to share and jointly analyze data from children who are enrolled in genomic medicine clinical trials. Stanford University in Palo Alto is one of the other participating institutions.

The overall project is known as the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative. UC Santa Cruz said last week that it received a $2.5 million, five-year grant from Monrovia-based St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund the study.

Treehouse aims to share pediatric cancer data so that each patient’s individual data can be analyzed in the context of large data sets of both pediatric and adult cancers. The initiative will specifically cross-reference participating children’s cancer data with more than 10,000 tumors from previous genomics projects.

Firm Seeks Regulatory Approval

Santa Ana-based BioCorRx Inc. said late last month that it will establish a research and development initiative with a goal of obtaining Food and Drug Administration approval of its naltrexone implant.

BioCorRx develops treatments for alcohol and opioid addictions.

Naltrexone is a nonaddictive opioid antagonist that can “significantly reduce physical cravings for alcohol and opioids in most people,” BioCorRx said in a news release. It added that its implant works by slowly releasing naltrexone into the body over a period of several months.

The company said the initiative will be funded by a previously announced $2.5 million investment from Ladera Ranch-based Alpine Creek Capital Partners.

BioCorRx, which trades on the low-profile over-the-counter stock exchange, added that it would look at other compounds as candidates to expand its addiction-treatment lineup.

Doctors’ Group Opens

OptumCare Medical Group, a unit of Minnesota-based health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc., opened an office in Laguna Niguel.

It said that it also will open a medical office in Huntington Beach this year. The Laguna Niguel office was part of the former Premier Physicians Medical Group. It consists of 7,500 square feet, with 18 examination rooms, a procedure room, adult and geriatric care, pediatric care, endocrinology care and an on-site medical laboratory.

The company said that when both offices are open, bringing its total in Southern California to 20, more than 100 doctors and “advanced care professionals” will serve more than 100,000 patients.

Bits & Pieces

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian introduced a new outpatient program through its Neurosciences Institute to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions found in teenagers. The After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education is held four days a week for eight weeks and uses dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and expressive arts. … Huntington Beach-based Soberlink Inc. said its new breathalyzer received 510 (k) premarket clearance from the FDA. Soberlink’s breathalyzer is used by healthcare providers to remotely measure alcohol in breath. … Salt Lake City, Utah-based Larada Sciences Inc. opened a Lice Clinics of America location in Tustin. The clinic treats head lice with a device that kills the pests and their eggs through dehydration.

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