3 LA County nursing homes fined for patient deaths

The California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health

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Three nursing homes in Los Angeles County have been slapped with serious violations and hefty fines for what the state of California calls "inadequate care." Each case resulted in the death of a patient.

California’s Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued its most severe citations to the Downey Care Center in Downey; the Fountain View Subacute and Nursing Center in Los Angeles; and to the nursing facility of the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills.

Ron Chapman, the director of CDPH, says the Motion Picture Hospital failed to provide an environment free of accident hazards, leading to the death of a patient there.

At the Fountain View facility, a patient died from a fall because the home did not provide adequate supervision or necessary care — and similar claims were leveled against the Downey facility.

Each home was fined between $75,000 to $80,000. The maximum fine the state can impose is $100,000.