The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today the issuance of three separate Class “AA” citations, the most severe penalty under state law, to California skilled nursing facilities, along with fines totaling $200,000, after investigations found deficiencies that led to the deaths of three residents.
The following facilities received penalties:
Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation - Bay View, a skilled nursing facility in the city of Alameda, was fined $75,000.
O’Connor Hospital D/P SNF, distinct part skilled nursing facility in San Jose, was fined $65,000.
St John Kronstadt Convalescent Center, a skilled nursing facility in Castro Valley, was fined $60,000.
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 depend 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 1,400 skilled nursing facilities.