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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 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.
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 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.
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.
By Anthony Clark Carpio and Bryce Alderton | June 11, 2013
Three drivers escaped uninjured Tuesday after two cars caught fire in separate incidents and third was involved in a collision, according to authorities. Costa Mesa firefighters responded to a call that a silver Ford Focus was on fire at 12:35 p.m. at Fairview Road and Mustang Way in front of Costa Mesa High School. Capt. Brent Turner said the driver, Maria Najera, of Costa Mesa, had just been at her mechanic's shop before the engine caught fire. She said her vehicle was feeling a little sluggish and her mechanic told her to use higher-octane fuel.
January 28, 2014
Newport Beach police on Saturday arrested a driver whose car ended up on a home's front lawn after a single-car crash. Police say they believe Samantha Lapidus, 23, of Costa Mesa was intoxicated while driving on Dover Drive near Harrow Place at about 6:45 a.m. That's when she lost control of a black Hyundai Tucson and crashed into a light pole and then a tree, according to police. Firefighters rescued Lapidus from the car after it ended up on its side, resting against a retaining wall.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 28, 2013
Huntington Beach police are looking for a hit-and-run driver they believe was involved in an early-morning crash that killed a pedestrian from Costa Mesa. The Orange County coroner's office identified the victim as 28-year-old Matthew Aguilar. Police said Aguilar was in the middle of Pacific Coast Highway near Brookhurst Street in Huntington Beach when a Cadillac sedan hit him at about 4:30 a.m. After the initial crash, a second car struck Aguilar, according to police. "The second vehicle and its driver fled the scene and has not been identified," police said in a news release.
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