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Regional News/West: Truven rescinds '100 Top' status for Calif. hospital sanctioned by state

By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: March 1, 2014 - 12:01 am ET

Truven Health Analytics has rescinded its 100 Top Hospitals recognition over the past two years for Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif., a facility owned by the 20-hospital for-profit Prime Healthcare Services system.

Research firm Truven rescinded the 2012 and 2013 recognition for the 75-bed hospital based on a sanction issued by the California Department of Public Health in 2013. The department fined the hospital $50,000 and said it “failed to ensure the safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures related to cardiac catheterization.” The 2011 incidents involved three cases of patient harm, including one death, after non-emergency interventions were performed in a catheterization lab licensed for diagnostic procedures only.

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“Desert Valley Hospital appealed these findings of the California Department of Public Health and is confident it will be successful in dismissing these initial findings,” said Desert Valley CEO Margaret Peterson. “This is the first time Desert Valley Hospital has ever received an administrative penalty.” She called Truven's decision to act before an appeal had been resolved “unfortunate.”

Truven stated that if Desert Valley's appeal is successful, it will reconsider its decision to rescind recognition.

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