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CDPH Issues Penalties to Eight Hospitals 

Date: 7/24/2014 

Number: 14-065 

Contact: Anita Gore - (916) 440-7259 

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued 10 penalties today to eight California hospitals along with fines totaling $775,000 after investigations found the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

The following hospitals received penalties, please click on the link below for specific incident information:

1. Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, Riverside 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 third administrative penalty.

2. Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Anaheim, Orange County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow policies and procedures for safe distribution and administration of medication. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

3. Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Riverside, Riverside 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 $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Southwest Healthcare, Murrieta, Riverside 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 eleventh administrative penalty.

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

8. St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley, San Bernardino 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 $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

9. St. Mary Medical Center, Apple Valley, San Bernardino County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

10. St. Bernardine Medical Center, San Bernardino, San Bernardino 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 $50,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

Administrative penalties are issued under authority granted by the Health and Safety Code. Incidents that occurred prior to 2009 carry a fine of $25,000. On
January 1, 2009, the fines increased for incidents that occurred in 2009 or later. Under this provision, 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.

As of April 1, 2014, newly adopted regulations allow CDPH to assess an administrative penalty for a deficiency constituting an immediate jeopardy violation of up to a maximum of $75,000 for the first administrative penalty, up to $100,000 for the second, and up to $125,000 for the third and every subsequent violation.

When hospitals receive their survey findings, they are required to provide CDPH with a plan of correction. Both the Statement of Deficiencies and the plan of correction can be found on the CDPH website at http://hfcis.cdph.ca.gov/ . Hospitals can appeal an administrative penalty by requesting a hearing within ten 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.

 
 
Last modified on: 8/7/2014 3:57 PM