Local Hospitals Fined by California Department of Public Health

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    Six hospitals in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties were among eight facilities fined by state health officials Thursday for not complying with licensing requirements.

    The fines amounted to $775,000, and included offenses such as not following surgical policies and procedures, unsafe distribution of medication and not following procedures regarding the treatment of patients, according to the California Department of Public Health.

    A complete list of the fines below, according to a news release from the agency:

    • Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, Riverside County: $100,000 for failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. The fine was the third administrative penalty.
    • Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Anaheim, Orange County: $50,000 for failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow policies and procedures for safe distribution and administration of medication. This was the hospital’s first administrative penalty.
    • Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Riverside, Riverside County : $50,000 for faulure to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.
    • Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Modesto, Stanislaus County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. The penalty is $100,000. This is the hospital’s fourth administrative penalty.
    • Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, San Diego County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding fall prevention. The penalty is $100,000. This is the hospital’s fifth administrative penalty.
    • Southwest Healthcare, Murrieta, Riverside County: $100,000 for failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. Also, $100,000 for failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow patient safety policies and procedures. The penalties were the tenth and eleventh for the hospital.
    • St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley, San Bernardino County: $50,000 for failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. A $75,000 fine was also levied against the hospital for not ensuring the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The fines were the first and second for the hospital.
    • St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County: $50,000 for failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.
       

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