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CDPH ISSUES ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES TO SEVEN HOSPITALS 

Date: 4/13/2010 

Number: 10-023 

Contact: Al Lundeen (916) 440-7259 

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that seven California hospitals have been assessed administrative penalties after a determination that the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements has caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

“Ensuring quality patient care is vital to protecting and promoting the health of all Californians,” said Dr. Mark Horton, director of CDPH. “We will continue to work with California hospitals to attain our shared goal of excellence in patient care.”

The following hospitals received penalties:

1.      California Pacific Medical Center—Pacific Campus Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when the hospital did not follow its surgical policies and procedures. This is the first administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $25,000.

2.      Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Fontana, Fontana, San Bernardino County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when the hospital did not follow its surgical policies and procedures. This is the first administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $25,000.

3.      Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Fontana, Fontana, San Bernardino County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when the hospital did not follow its surgical policies and procedures. This is the second administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $50,000.

4.      Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, San Diego County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when the hospital did not follow its surgical policies and procedures. This is the third administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $25,000.

5.      Southwest Healthcare System, Murrieta, Riverside County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of its patients when the hospital did not follow its policies and procedures related to the care of newborns. This is the fourth administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $50,000.

6.      Southwest Healthcare System, Murrieta, Riverside County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of its patients when the hospital did not follow its policies and procedures for ensuring the safe discharge of newborns. This is the fifth administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $75,000.

7.      Southwest Healthcare System, Murrieta, Riverside County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when the hospital did not follow its surgical policies and procedures. This is the sixth administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $100,000.

8.      St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when the hospital did not follow its surgical policies and procedures. This is the first administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $50,000.

9.      St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, Orange County. The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it failed to maintain the operational status of their respiratory equipment. This is the second administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $50,000.

10.     Sutter Davis Hospital, Davis, Yolo County. The hospital failed to implement its established policies and procedures for the safe and effective administration of medication. This is the first administrative penalty issued to this hospital. The penalty is assessed at $25,000.

The administrative penalties were issued under authority granted by Health and Safety Code section 1280.1. Incidents that occurred in 2008 carry a fine of $25,000. Incidents that occurred in 2009 carry a fine of $50,000 for the first violation, $75,000 for the second, and $100,000 for the third or subsequent violation at the same hospital. Penalties issued prior to 2009 are not counted in this total.

The difference in fine amounts is a result of new law that took effect January 1, 2009. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation (Senate Bill 541 by Senator Elaine Alquist) to more than double administrative penalties for violations or deficiencies constituting an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of patients.

Hospitals are required to implement a plan of correction to prevent future incidents. Hospitals can appeal an administrative penalty by requesting a hearing within 10 calendar days of notification. If a hearing is requested, the penalties are to be paid if upheld following appeal.

All hospitals in California are required to be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing general acute care hospitals. The hospitals are required to comply with these standards to ensure quality of care.

 
 
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