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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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