CA issues penalties to 14 hospitals; half are in Southern California

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State health officials issued penalties against 14 California hospitals for failure to comply with requirements, leading to patient injuries and deaths.

California's Public Health Department (CPHD) issued administrative penalties on Thursday against 14 California hospitals for failure to comply with licensing requirements that either caused or could have caused serious injury or death to patients.

Half the hospitals on the California Department of Public Health list are in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The seven hospitals were collectively fined $400,000 for events that happened between 2009 to 2011 (statewide the penalties assessed totaled $825,000).

That included a $75,000 fine against California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles for failure to follow CPR policies that resulted in a patient death, the hospital’s second penalty from the CDPH.

The department levied a fifth penalty against John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio and fourth penalties against both UC Irvine Med Center and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. All three hospitals were cited for failure to follow surgical procedures. Each received fines of between $50,000 and $100,000.

The other SoCal hospitals that received penalties are: Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center; Kaiser Los Angeles; and Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Services.

All are required to provide the state with a plan of correction to prevent future incidents. So far, California has issued 235 such penalties and has collected more than $9 million in fines.

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