California regulators issued a total of $550,000 in fines to nine hospitals for failing to meet licensing requirements that caused or were likely to cause patient injury or death.
Nine Calif. hospitals fined for safety problems
This is the 11th time that the California Public Health Department has issued penalties since a state law gave it the authority to do so in 2007. The fines went up in 2009.
Hospitals fined $50,000 each were: Hi-Desert Medical Center, Joshua Tree; Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae; Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo; Parkview Community Hospital, Riverside; Pomerado Hospital in Poway; Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego; and Tri-City Medical, Oceanside.
The Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland was fined $75,000 because this was its second penalty. Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla received two penalties totaling $125,000. Scripps Green has amassed four penalties for patient care violations.
Hospitals must submit a plan of correction and can appeal the penalties. A total of 156 penalties amounting to $4.8 million have been issued to 108 hospitals since the law went into effect. Nearly $3 million has been collected from hospitals.
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