3 LA hospitals fined for errors likely to cause death, serious injury

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The California Department of Public Health has fined five hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties for errors likely to cause serious injury or death to patients.

Three of the 14 hospitals that don’t comply with licensing requirements in Los Angeles County, while two are in Orange County.

All the citations involved either foreign objects left inside patients after surgery or unsafe medication use. Pam Dickfoss with the state Department of Public Health says her agency works with each violator to improve patient care.

“We want California hospitals to be successful in their efforts to reduce hospital acquired infection," said Dickfoss. "[We want them] to decrease medication errors and eliminate surgical errors.”

In L.A. County, state health officials lined up L.A. County-USC Medical Center for its fifth penalty.

The following hospitals received penalties:

1. Fresno Surgical Hospital, Fresno, Fresno County
2. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia, Los Angeles County
3. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – South San Francisco, South San Francisco, San Mateo County
4. LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
5. Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County
6. Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo, Orange County
7. San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco County
8. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
9. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, La Jolla, San Diego County
10. St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, Orange County
11. Sutter Solano Medical Center, Vallejo, Solano County
12. Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance, Los Angeles County
13. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, San Francisco County
14. Ventura County Medical Center, Ventura, Ventura County

Correction: We posted a list of hospitals earlier that was incorrect. The list has been updated.