Firestorm: June 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

LAC+USC "Dangerously Overcrowded"

Many news sources are picking up on yesterday's LA Board of Supervisors report that the LAC+USC Hospital was dangerously overcrowded for the month of May.

The AP report was picked up by Southern California Public Radio KPCC/KUOR/KPCV and the San Jose Mercury News. Both say the hospital was overcrowded for "greater than 10% for the month of May" as opposed to 2% in the month of April.

The LA Times quotes Supervisor Gloria Molina as saying "I think we're having a real problem. This is a serious situation". Read the rest of their story here.

NBC Los Angeles is also reporting on the story, and say the problems stem from a move from the former 800 bed facility to a newer (but smaller) 600 bed facility in November of 2008. You can read their story here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Tune in today at 9am PST or 12pm EST to the Mind Body Health & Politics radio show on the NPR affiliate KZYX to listen as host Dr. Richard Miller highlights our film FIRESTORM in his discussion of the nation's health care crisis.

Dr. Miller will interview FIRESTORM director Julie Winokur, paramedic and EMS District Captain Dave Pimentle, and ER doctor and Regional Medical Director for Emergent Medical Associates Dr. Lee Weiss. A patient who saw firsthand what happens when you don't have access to health care and have to call 911 when sick will also be interviewed.

You can also listen to the show live by clicking on the following link:

Have any thoughts, comments, or questions in response to the broadcast? Post them here and start a conversation!