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By Joseph Serna, | April 6, 2011
COSTA MESA — City leaders' idea to add private paramedics to the county's roster doesn't have a pulse, at least for now, City Councilman Jim Righeimer said Wednesday. "We don't need one more request for proposals right now," Righeimer said. "It's not a pressing issue. " The idea, first pitched by Righeimer, was to have Care Ambulance employees work as paramedics, a higher designation than the emergency medical technician, or EMT, duties they now have. Critics claimed the move would be the first step toward laying off Costa Mesa paramedics and displacing them with Care employees, who respond to medical emergencies along with firefighters anyway.
July 15, 2000
I am not surprised that Daily Pilot columnist and former Judge Robert Gardner ("It's not a good idea to insult a paramedic," June 20) had a good experience with the Newport Beach paramedics. They do a great job. My reading of his experience with the Santa Ana paramedics is that he received good care that time also, but it was not as obvious. The diagnosis of chest pain like Gardner's is difficult, even for physicians in emergency departments. Many individuals undergo a stress test or even coronary angiography, in which dye is injected to outline the coronary arteries to determine if they have heart disease.
By Joseph Serna | March 9, 2009
The theories are plenty, and also without merit. Claims that Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian doesn’t take injured, uninsured patients or that Hoag doesn’t want people critically injured because it will affect their mortality statistics come up every now and then. A perfect example: a Mexican immigrant seriously injured Feb. 1 by a hit-and-run driver at Placentia Avenue and Hospital Road in Newport Beach, literally footsteps away from Hoag. Where did paramedics take him?
By Jill Cowan | March 18, 2014
A man was briefly knocked unconscious Friday afternoon when he plummeted from the air and crashed into a piece of floating equipment during a water-propelled jet pack flight in Newport Harbor, officials said. The man — who has not been identified by authorities but was described as being in his 40s — was taken to nearby Hoag Hospital, where he was treated for a minor concussion and received eight stitches on his forehead, according to Dean O'Malley, president of Newport Beach-based Jetpack America, which was operating the flight.
January 16, 2014
A man died Thursday after jumping at least 20 feet from a bridge into a flood control channel in Costa Mesa, police said. Police did not identify the man but said he jumped into the channel from Baker Street, just east of Bristol Street, about 7:30 a.m. Paramedics took him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. He was initially listed in stable condition but died later in the day, Lt. Bryan Glass said. Police don't know if the man was trying to commit suicide, Glass said, but he plunged from the railing of his own accord.
By Joseph Serna | March 18, 2008
A motorcycle and vehicle collided Tuesday afternoon at Placentia Avenue and Joann Street in Costa Mesa, sending at least one person to the hospital. Rescue workers received a call about the accident at about 3:15 p.m., Lt. Paul Dondero said. Paramedics rushed the motorcyclist to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with significant injuries, Dondero said. The Costa Mesa Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team as at the scene, he said. More details to follow as the story develops.
By Joseph Serna | September 3, 2009
A Southern California Edison employee is recovering from a severe burn to his hand in a Los Angeles County hospital burn center, a day after he was injured at a Costa Mesa business, company officials said. The company declined to identify the employee, but said he is a trouble-shooter for the company who fixes problems for customers at all times, day or night. The Edison employee was called to a dental office at 2000 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa on Wednesday afternoon to fix an electrical problem, said company spokesman Steve Conroy.
October 14, 2001
Deepa Bharath An infant girl, who was rushed to Hoag Hospital in critical condition Friday after falling into a Corona del Mar backyard pool, died early Saturday morning. Roxane Swanson, 1, died of freshwater drowning, Orange County Coroner's officials said. Newport Beach firefighters and paramedics responded to the call that came in around 3 p.m. Friday. When paramedics arrived at the Cameo Shores home, they found the mother giving CPR to her baby, officials said.
October 30, 2013
A body surfer was taken to the hospital with a potential spinal injury suffered at The Wedge in Newport Beach on Wednesday afternoon, lifeguards said. Paramedics responded about 2 p.m. after a lifeguard called for help near Lifeguard Tower P, which marks the western boundary of The Wedge, a particularly attractive spot for surfers of all kinds at the end of the Balboa Peninsula. The patient's condition remained unknown Wednesday, but lifeguard Battalion Chief Rob Williams said the injury seemed minor.
January 20, 2014
Authorities have identified the 19-year-old who died Thursday after jumping at least 20 feet from a bridge into a flood control channel as Jonathan Benjamin Ludlow of Costa Mesa. He jumped into the channel from Baker Street, east of Bristol Street, around 7:30 a.m., officials said. Paramedics took Ludlow to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was initially listed in stable condition but died later that day, Lt. Bryan Glass said. Police don't know if Ludlow was trying to commit suicide, Glass said, but he plunged from the railing of his own accord.
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