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CDPH Issues Three Citations to Nursing Homes in L.A. County 

Date: 2/21/2012 

Number: PH12-009 

Contact: Anita Gore 916 440 7259 

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Three Los Angeles County nursing homes have each received Class “AA” citations, the most severe penalty under State law, from the State of California after investigations concluded that inadequate care at the nursing homes lead to a death at each facility, announced Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer.

Fines totaling $235,000 were also issued to the facilities. They are:

• Downey Care Center in Downey was fined $80,000 after a CDPH investigation found that the facility failed to provide appropriate care and services, leading to the death of a patient.

• Fountain View Subacute and Nursing Center in Los Angeles was fined $75,000 after a CDPH investigation found that the facility failed to provide adequate supervision and necessary care, leading to the patient’s death from a fall.

• Motion Picture & Television Hospital D/P SNF in Woodland Hills received a $80,000 fine after a CDPH investigation found that the facility failed to ensure an environment free of accident hazards with adequate supervision, leading to the death of a patient.

All nursing facilities in California are required to be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing health care facilities. Facilities are required to comply with these standards to ensure quality of care.

California has the statutory authority to impose fines against nursing facilities it licenses as part of enforcement remedies for poor care. State citations that require a civil monetary penalty be imposed are categorized as Class B, A or AA. The associated fines range from $100 to $1,000 for Class B, $2,000 to $20,000 for Class A and $25,000 to $100,000 for Class AA. The citation class and amount of the fine depends upon the significance and severity of the substantiated violation, as prescribed and defined in California law.

By providing nursing facilities it licenses with consequences for substantiated violations, CDPH strives to protect the health and safety of vulnerable individuals. The citation process is part of CDPH’s ongoing enforcement efforts in improving the quality of care provided to residents of the state’s approximately 1,300 skilled nursing facilities.

 
 
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