Twelve California hospitals have been fined $25,000 each for serious patient-care breaches, the latest in a series of fines issued by the state. Six of the hospitals were fined for failing to follow surgical policies and procedures that resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a “retained foreign object,” according to the state Public Health Department.
Calif. fines 12 hospitals for patient-care problems
This was the third administrative penalty for both Southwest Healthcare Systems in Riverside and Enloe Medical Center in Chico since the state began issuing the penalties in 2007. It was the second violation for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach and Los Angeles/University of Southern California Hospital, Los Angeles.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton; Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange; Kaiser Hospital Vallejo; Mark Twain St. Joseph Hospital in San Andreas; Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael; South Coast Medical Center in South Laguna; St. Helena Hospital in Clear Lake; and Sutter Lakeside in Lakeport all received their first penalties.
The hospitals have 10 days to appeal the penalties. The state doubled the hospital fines to $50,000 per violation starting in January 2009, but these penalties were based on survey findings from the prior two years.
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