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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES TO ELEVEN HOSPITALS 

Date: 3/20/2008 

Number: 08-12 

Contact: Suanne Buggy or Lea Brooks, (916) 440-7259 

SACRAMENTO 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that eleven California hospitals have been assessed administrative penalties of $25,000 per violation after a determination that the facilities’ noncompliance with requirements of licensure has caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients. 
                                                           
“Ensuring all Californians receive quality patient care is our top priority,” said Kathleen Billingsley, Deputy Director of the Center for Health Care Quality at the California Department of Public Health.  “We will continue to work with California hospitals to ensure our shared goal of excellence in patient care.”

The following hospitals received penalties:

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—Los Angeles, Los Angeles County  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures and adequately educate staff on the safe use of medications. 

Enloe Medical Center—Chico, Butte County The hospital failed to develop  policies and procedures for the safe use of medications and  the facility did not implement verification processes for intravenously administered narcotics.

Kern Medical Center—Bakersfield, Kern County  The facility failed to have quality assurance systems in place. 

Kindred Hospital Modesto—Modesto, Stanislaus County The facility failed to ensure the safe delivery of patient services when they failed to develop and implement corrective actions related to the specific use of side rails.

Kindred Hospital Modesto—Modesto, Stanislaus County  The hospital failed to implement policies and procedures to minimize adverse medication events. 

Kindred Hospital Modesto—Modesto, Stanislaus County  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures related to accountability of controlled substances.

Natividad Medical Center—Salinas, Monterey County The hospital failed to ensure the safety of a patient in a mental health unit.

Scripps Memorial Hospital—La Jolla, San Diego County   The hospital failed to protect a patient’s right to considerate and respectful care. 

Sierra Vista Hospital, Inc.—Sacramento, Sacramento County  The facility failed to develop and implement policies and procedures for safe and accurate use of medications. 

Universal Health Services of Rancho Springs (Southwest Healthcare Systems)—Murietta, Riverside County The facility failed to ensure proper food controls and placed patients and visitors at risk for serious harm due to the potential growth of microorganisms and food borne illness.

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center—San Francisco, San Francisco County  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure accurate administration of medications and minimize adverse medication outcomes.

Valley Care Medical Center—Pleasanton, Alameda County The hospital failed to ensure safe distribution and administration of medication.

Washington Hospital—Fremont, Alameda County  The hospital failed to implement polices and procedures on safe distribution of medications.

(See more information about the administrative penalties, including each facility’s deficiency report and frequently asked questions.)

The administrative penalties were issued under authority granted by Health and Safety Code section 1280.1 (Senate Bill 1312, Statutes of 2006, Chapter 895), which was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and took effect Jan. 1, 2007. 

Facilities can appeal the administrative penalties 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.   In addition to the penalties, the facility is required to implement a plan of correction to prevent future incidents. 

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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