California has fined 12 hospitals in the state for actions that caused or were likely to cause serious injury or death to patients.
Calif. fines 12 hospitals for safety problems
This is the 12th time that the California Department of Public Health has issued patient-care penalties since state law gave it the authority to do so in 2007.
Hospitals fined $25,000 each were: Citrus Valley Medical Center in Covina; Hanford (Calif.) Community Medical Center; Kindred Hospital Westminster (Calif.); Placentia Linda Hospital in Placentia; and Southwest Healthcare System in Murrieta. Hospitals fined $50,000 each were: Palomar Medical Center in Escondido; Petaluma Valley Hospital in Petaluma; Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla; and USC University Hospital in Los Angeles. One hospital—Western Medical Center in Santa Ana—was fined $75,000.
Two Bay Area hospitals received two penalties each. California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco was fined a total of $125,000 for not following proper surgical policies in two instances. The University of California San Francisco Medical Center was fined a total of $50,000 for failing to follow surgical policies and rules on medication administration, according to the state.
The penalty amounts are based on the number of total violations a facility has received and when the violations occurred. In 2009, the penalties rose to up to $100,000 per violation.
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