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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES TO THIRTEEN HOSPITALS 

Date: 5/21/2008 

Number: 08-27 

Contact: Al Lundeen - (916) 440-7259  

SACRAMENTO 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that 13 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. 
                                                           
“We are committed to ensuring all Californians receive quality patient care,” said Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health.  “We will work with California hospitals to ensure our shared goal of excellence in patient care.”

The following hospitals received penalties:

BHC Sierra Vista Hospital – Sacramento County*:  The hospital failed to ensure the safe delivery of patient care services, and failed to implement policies and procedures to provide for appropriate and prompt interventions and monitoring.

Doctors Medical Center - Contra Costa County:  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures to protect patient safety related to the use of controlled substances.

Dominican Hospital (Catholic Healthcare West) - Santa Cruz County:  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures for accurate diagnostic test review and for the maintenance of an integrated and specific patient medical record. 

Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center - Orange County*:  The hospital failed to ensure the safe delivery of patient care and failed to implement policies and procedures to provide for appropriate and prompt intervention and monitoring.

Los Angeles County Harbor, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center - Los Angeles County:  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures for the safe use of administered medications and failed to implement appropriate follow-up assessment processes when the patient was transferred from one unit to another in the facility.

Los Angeles County Olive View, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center - Los Angeles County:  The hospital failed to implement policies and procedures to ensure the availability of needed medications in order to minimize patients’ adverse medical events.

Los Angeles County Olive View, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center - Los Angeles County:  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures for accurate assessment, diagnostic review and infection control, and for the maintenance of an integrated and specific patient medical record. 

Lucille Salter Packard Children’s Hospital - Santa Clara County:  The hospital failed to ensure the safe delivery of patient services when they failed to develop and implement policies and procedures specific for the use of ventilators and gases.

Pomona Valley Medical Center - Los Angeles County:  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures related to accountability for the distribution of controlled substances and for their timely elimination from the supply available for dispensing to patients.

Santa Teresa Community Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals – Santa Clara County:  The hospital failed to ensure the safe delivery of patient care services and failed to implement policies and procedures to provide for appropriate and prompt interventions and monitoring.

Scripps Green Hospital - San Diego County:  The hospital failed to implement policies and procedures to provide for effective surgical service infection control. 

Scripps Memorial Hospital - San Diego County*:  The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures to protect patient safety related to the use of controlled substances.

Scripps Memorial Hospital - San Diego County*: The hospital failed to implement policies and procedures related to the safe and accurate use of medications in emergent situations.

St. Joseph Hospital - Orange County:  The hospital failed to implement patient safety policies and procedures in the course of providing surgical services.

University of California, San Diego Medical Center - San Diego County: The hospital failed to develop and implement policies and procedures to protect patient safety by failing to ensure the safe administration of medications

* BHC Sierra Vista Hospital in Sacramento County, Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center in Orange County and Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla have received hospital administrative penalties previously.

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.  This is the third set of administrative penalties issued by CDPH since the law took effect.

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 laws and regulations governing general acute care hospitals.  The hospitals are required to comply with these standards to ensure quality of care.

Further information about the administrative penalties, including each facility’s deficiency report and frequently asked questions, is available at www.cdph.ca.gov  

 
 
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