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CDPH Issues Penalties to 13 Hospitals 

Date: 6/1/2012 

Number: 12-023 

Contact: Anita Gore 916 440 7259 

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that 13 California hospitals have been assessed administrative penalties and fines totaling $825,000 after a determination that the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

The following hospitals received penalties:

1.Chapman Medical Center, Orange, Orange County: The hospital failed to protect the patient from sexual misconduct. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

2.Chinese Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco County: The hospital failed to implement its established policies and procedures for feeding tube insertion. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

3.Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, Fresno County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures for the safe and effective administration of medication. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

4.Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Oakland/Richmond, Oakland, Alameda County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures relating to their cardiac paging system. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

5.Kaiser Foundation Hospital – San Diego, San Diego, San Diego County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

6.Kaiser Foundation Hospital – San Francisco, San Francisco, San Francisco County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo another surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

7.Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s third administrative penalty.

8.Mad River Community Hospital, Arcata, Humboldt County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

9.Motion Picture & Television Hospital, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

10.San Joaquin General Hospital, French Camp, San Joaquin County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures relating to falls. The penalty is $25,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

11.Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, Santa Clara County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not provide ongoing assessment of a patient. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

12.Southwest Healthcare System, Murrieta, Riverside County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow policies and procedures to provide emergency measures to protect a patient. The penalty is $100,000. This is the hospital’s eighth administrative penalty.

13.University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, San Diego County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when the hospital did not provide considerate and respectful care. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s fourth administrative penalty.

Administrative penalties are issued under authority granted by Health and Safety Code section 1280.1. Incidents that occurred prior to 2009 carry a fine of $25,000. New legislation took effect January 1, 2009, that increased fines for incidents that occurred in 2009 or later. Under the new provisions, an administrative penalty carries a fine of $50,000 for the first violation, $75,000 for the second, and $100,000 for the third or subsequent violation by the licensee. Incidents that occurred prior to 2009 are not counted when determining the fine amounts.

When hospitals receive their survey findings, they are required to provide CDPH with a plan of correction to prevent future incidents. Hospitals can appeal an administrative penalty by requesting a hearing within ten (10) calendar days of notification. If a hearing is requested and the penalty upheld following an appeal, the penalties must be paid.

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

 
 
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