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CDPH Issues Penalties to 14 Hospitals 

Date: 1/5/2017 

Number: 17-001 

Contact: Ali Bay  

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued 15 penalties today to 14 California hospitals along with fines totaling $913,550 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. AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Anaheim, Orange County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $47,025. This is the hospital’s second Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

2. College Hospital, Cerritos, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

3. College Hospital, Cerritos, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

4. Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow procedures for safe distribution and administration of medication. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

    

5. 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. The penalty is $100,000. This is the hospital’s fourth Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

6. Los Angeles Community Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s third Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

7. Marian Regional Medical Center, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara 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 $28,500. This is the hospital’s first Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

8. Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, Sun Valley, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

9. Scripps Mercy 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 the safety of a patient. The penalty is $100,000. This is the hospital’s fifth Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

10. South Coast Global Medical Center, Santa Ana, Orange County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s third Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

11. Southern California Hospital at Hollywood, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding staffing and training. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s third Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

  

12. St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, Orange County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the safety of a patient. The penalty is $66,000. This is the hospital’s fourth Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

13. St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care of a patient. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

14. Tri-City Medical Center, Oceanside, San Diego 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 $47,025. This is the hospital’s fourth Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

 

15. Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Van Nuys, Los Angeles County

The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the safety of a patient. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first Immediate Jeopardy 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. 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 incidents occurring on or after said date, against a specified licensee for a deficiency constituting an immediate jeopardy violation 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 within three years.

 

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 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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