August 20, 2003
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has received a five-star excellence rating for cardiac, neuroscience and obstetrics procedures from HealthGrades, a provider of health-care quality information. The ratings received for treatment of heart attack, heart failure, stroke and obstetrics place the medical center among the best in the nation for these categories, according to HealthGrades. In addition, the medical center placed No. 1 in California for stroke care, and in the top 5% in the nation for stroke and obstetrics care.
October 17, 2011
Some 400 people, including many famous friends, gathered in a theater at the Warner Bros. studio lot in Burbank to remember the illustrious life and career of Elizabeth Taylor . Actors Colin Farrell and Michael Caine and singer Elton John joined family and friends in the service memorializing the Oscar-winning actress, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Taylor died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles in March. Mike Nichols, director of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
April 9, 2005
Robert Chacon A new website unveiled by the federal government has revealed that on average, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has provided the right care to patients more often than hospitals across the state and nation. Developed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Hospital Compare website ranks 4,200 of the nation's hospitals on the type of care provided for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia using 17 guidelines.
February 6, 2008
Jury selection begins in wrongful-death case The wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the widow of actor John Ritter moved forward Tuesday as a pool of potential jurors was interviewed by lawyers and Judge Laura Matz in Glendale Superior Court. Amy Yasbeck is suing two Providence St. Joseph Medical Center doctors in connection with her husband’s 2003 death, following the actor’s heart failure. Many of the 73 potential jurors were asked questions about their awareness of the case, their personal legal history and employment status by lawyers for Yasbeck and for Matthew Lotysch and Joseph Lee, the two doctors accused of not doing enough to prevent Ritter’s death.
December 23, 2000
Lolita Harper BURBANK -- Martha Cope Nicholson, the founder of what is now called the Burbank Center for the Retarded, died Nov. 17, 2000, in Columbia, S.C. She was 79. Nicholson lived in Burbank for 43 years and devoted much of that time to the city's many service organizations. She died from heart failure in an Alzheimer's care center, said her daughter, Ellen Kesler. Nicholson was born in Kansas City, Mo., but was raised in Hollywood, graduating from Hollywood High School in 1938.
February 7, 2004
Tim Willert John Hench, a longtime Disney artist who designed Space Mountain and painted official portraits of Mickey Mouse, has died. He was 95. Hench died Thursday of heart failure at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. A resident of Toluca Lake, Hench worked at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale at the time of his death. Hench, whose career at Disney spanned nearly 65 years, was instrumental in the design of Disney theme parks, and was actively involved in the design of Disney's latest theme park in Hong Kong, company officials said.
February 28, 2004
Jackson Bell Ron Koch, a longtime building inspector for the city of Burbank's Community Development Department, has died. He was 62. Koch, a 22-year resident of Burbank whose career with the city spanned nearly 40 years, died Feb. 21 of heart failure at his home in the 700 block of North Orchard Drive. "He was a loving, caring, very compassionate person," his wife, Nancy, said this week. "He always looked out for others at work and at home.
December 3, 2005
LA CA—ADA FLINTRIDGE -- E. Cardon "Card" Walker, who rose from mailroom worker at the Walt Disney Co. to the entertainment giant's highest ranks, died Monday of congestive heart failure at his La Cañada Flintridge home. He was 89. In 1971, Walker was named president of the company, succeeding co-founder Roy O. Disney after his death that year. Five years later, he became chief executive officer, and was elected chairman of the board in 1980. "Card was one of the great leaders of certainly his generation or perhaps any generation," said Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.
February 10, 2010
The name Florence Foster Jenkins probably holds little weight among serious opera fans. And who can blame them? Although a success during her 12-year career in the 1930s and ’40s, the attention-starved soprano was unable to carry a note. However, she consistently drew sell-out crowds for her tone-deaf renditions of operatic standards from the likes of Brahms, Mozart and Strauss, among others. Although her performances were viewed as a joke by her fans and peers, Jenkins was thoroughly convinced of her own greatness and approached each recital with poise and dutifulness.