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Mission Earns Nursing’s Top Award

Mission Earns Nursing’s Top Award

Mission Hospital recently received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, considered the highest national honor bestowed upon nursing services, Mission administrators said in a statement. With this credential, Mission Hospital joins the Magnet community of 393 health care organizations out of nearly 6,000 nationwide. U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of best […]

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Homeless Man Beaten Near Shelter

Homeless Man Beaten Near Shelter

Police found a 39-year-old homeless man unconscious and his face covered in blood as a result of a beating outside the city’s homeless shelter on Monday, June 4, police confirmed. A witness video recorded the assault on his phone, which showed the 6:33 p.m. altercation in the parking lot a short distance from the emergency […]

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No Juice for Youth, Council Says

No Juice for Youth, Council Says

Grappling with who’s ultimately responsible, Laguna Beach’s City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to proceed with a social host ordinance that would make it illegal for adults to serve alcohol to teenagers other than their own. City staff was directed to draft such a measure and present it at a later date. If enacted, Laguna will […]

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A New Tool Considered to Curb Underage Drinking

A New Tool Considered to Curb Underage Drinking

An ordinance that would prohibit hosts from serving minors alcoholic drinks or controlled substances in private homes and impose penalties on violators will be considered by Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday, May 1. This week, the school board unanimously voted its support for the proposal. The measure aims to dissuade parents from allowing underage […]

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A Familiar Face to Lead Hospital

A Familiar Face to Lead Hospital

Kenneth McFarland was named president and chief executive of Mission Hospital, which operates campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, St. Joseph Health System announced this week.   McFarland, 50, of San Clemente, has worked for Mission Hospital as chief financial officer since 1998, but also served the last six months as interim chief executive. […]

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A Policy That Dims Expectations

A Policy That Dims Expectations

Editor:   I just got through reading my very own copy of the “Good Neighbor Lighting in Laguna Beach” pamphlet. Gosh, and here I thought that the main reason so many of us want to live here is because it’s not Mission Viejo… Silly me.   Kurt Mahoney, Laguna Beach

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Mission Hospital's CEO Stepping Down

Mission Hospital’s CEO Stepping Down

Peter Bastone, the longtime president and chief executive of 552-bed Mission Hospital, which has campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, will resign June 30 to pursue other opportunities, St. Joseph Health Systems announced Monday, April 11. Bastone, 53, has been with Mission for 15 years, coming from Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood. During his […]

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Disaster Victims to Share Their Wisdom

Disaster Victims to Share Their Wisdom

With shocking images from Japan’s quake and tsunami last month as a sobering reminder, Laguna Beach’s city officials aim to bolster disaster readiness here by learning hard-won lessons from victims of local catastrophes at a City Hall workshop Saturday, April 9. “We need to hear the experiences and the ideas firsthand so that we can […]

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Teens Helping Teens, One Ride at a Time

Teens Helping Teens, One Ride at a Time

Navigating the eerily quiet hallways of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach on almost any Friday or Saturday night during the school year are several Laguna Beach High School students. From 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., their destination is a small, nondescript room, barely large enough to accommodate a conference table and chairs. It is unexceptional in […]

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Mission's Laguna Hospital Maps Out Growth Plans

Mission’s Laguna Hospital Maps Out Growth Plans

The owners of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach mapped out a plan to extend the life of the facility another 20 years by committing to making $30 million in internal improvements over four years, administrators said in a public meeting this past Tuesday. City officials reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement, coming nearly two years after […]