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Northridge Health Workers Ratify Union Contract

Fifteen thousand workers in California – including more than 700 in Northridge – have ratified a new contract with Dignity Health, according to Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West.

Second Sight Names New Chairman

Sylmar medical device firm Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has appointed Gregg Williams, the company’s largest shareholder, as chairman of its board of directors.

SnapMD Software Snapped Up by University Telehealth Center

SnapMD has announced a partnership with the National Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for use of the company’s proprietary software.

MannKind Reduces Debt With Equity Swaps

MannKind Corp. has restructured its debt, reducing its outstanding principal by $14.5 million through equity swaps, the company announced Monday.

Second Sight Eyes More Coverage for Prosthetic Product

The prosthetic visual system built by Second Sight Medical Products Inc. is now covered by Medicare in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, bringing the total number of states where the product and related surgical procedure are covered by the government-subsidized health insurance program to 31.

Apollo Medical Adjusts Fiscal Year

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. has changed the end of its fiscal year from March 31 to Dec. 31 on account of its merger with Network Medical Management Inc., the Glendale health management company announced Monday.

Immunocellular May Seek Buyer, Merger

Immunocellular Therapeutics in Calabasas has announced that it is on the hunt for a buyer.

Kaiser Permanente Workers Stage Protest in Woodland Hills

Health care workers staged a protest at Kaiser Permanente’s Woodland Hills hospital on Thursday in response to the company’s plan for layoffs at its call center there. “We’re out here today for our patients and to help our co-workers keep our jobs,” Danielle Gavison, a 15-year employee of Kaiser’s Woodland Hills call center, told the Business Journal.

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Adventist Health to Transfer Workers to Cerner Corp.

A state report lists nearly 1,200 pending layoffs at Adventist Health hospitals across the state, including hundreds at Adventist Health Glendale and Adventist Health Simi Valley.

Harbor Freight Owner Donates $50 Million for Heart Research

The owner of Harbor Freight Tools has donated $50 million to Cedars-Sinai to create an institute for research and innovative practices in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.

MannKind Taps Eli Lilly Scientist

Former Eli Lilly & Co. executive Dr. David Kendall has been appointed chief medical officer at MannKind Corp., the Westlake Village biotech announced Tuesday.

Apollo Medical Gains Data for 100K Patients

The population health management subsidiary of Apollo Medical Holdings Inc., Network Medical Management, has reached an agreement with a Pasadena-based clinic network that will add the data of more than 100,000 patients to Network Medical’s platform.

Second Sight Implants Increase in Q4

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. announced Monday that it tripled the number of implants of its prosthetic eyesight device in the fourth quarter over the same period the previous year, sending the company’s stock up almost 13 percent against sharp losses for the market overall.

Amgen Falls Short in Fourth Quarter

Amgen Inc. released fourth-quarter and full-year financial results that missed Wall Street expectations on both earnings and revenue, after which its stock slipped in after-hours trading.

Apple Launches Medical Records App in L.A.

Apple Inc. has reached out to Cedars-Sinai and Dignity Health to debut a system to allow patients to securely access medical records on their iPhones.