5 hospitals in the Southland fined

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Five Southland hospitals were among 14 medical facilities fined a total of $825,000 for failure to comply with state licensing requirements, the California Department of Public Health reported today.

Officials said the non-compliance either caused or was likely to cause serious injury or death to patients. “We have a commitment to ensuring quality patient care for every Californian,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director.

The local hospitals penalized are:

California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, fined $75,000 for failure “to ensure the health and safety of a patient.” Authorities said the hospital did not follow procedures relating to the initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The fine was the hospital’s second administrative penalty;
Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center in Fountain Valley, fined $25,000 for not following established policies and procedures relating to the competency of a licensed vocation nurse. The fine was the hospital’s third administrative penalty;

– Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, fined $50,000 for not following established policies relating to cardiac monitoring. It was the hospital’s first administrative penalty;

St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, fined $100,000 for not following surgical policies, resulting in a failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient. The fine was the hospital’s fourth administrative penalty;

– University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, fined $75,000 for not following surgical policies and procedures.

The failure resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to removed a retained foreign object. The fine was the hospital’s fourth administrative penalty.

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