The Indiana State Department of Health has fined Women's Hospital-Indianapolis $25,000, saying the hospital did not have enough nurses on duty at times and kept poor records.
The action against the 132-bed hospital, owned by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., followed complaints that patient welfare was jeopardized by staffing levels.
State Health Commissioner John C. Bailey said the department will be inspecting the hospital at least every 30 days "because there have been ongoing allegations substantiated regarding deficient staffing levels and quality assurance since the first of the year."
Hospital President Steve Reed said he believes the hospital has adequate staffing to meet state requirements and ensure good patient care.
He said the hospital will work with the health department to comply with state regulations and to "understand their perceptions, their interpretation of the standards."
Last year, the hospital laid off some employees and began using nurse technicians to staff positions that had been filled by registered nurses. This year, it eliminated extra pay for those who worked evening or weekend shifts.
The changes have angered and frustrated some of the hospital's 480 employees.