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14 California Hospitals Cited Today for Administrative Penalties

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) cited 14 California hospitals today for administrative penalties after determining that the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients. The fines total $825,000.
“We have a commitment to ensuring quality patient care for every Californian,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of CDPH and the state public health officer. “We work with hospitals to ensure they meet licensing requirements and share our goal of excellence in care.”
The following hospitals received penalties:1. California Hospital Medical Center – Los Angeles, 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 relating to the initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

2. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Fountain Valley, Orange County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures relating to the competency of a licensed vocation nurse. The penalty is $25,000. This is the hospital’s third administrative penalty.

3. John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Indio, Riverside County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s fifth administrative penalty.

4. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Los Angeles, 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 relating to cardiac monitoring. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

5. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – San Francisco, San Francisco, San Francisco County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures relating to self-administered bedside medications. The penalty is $100,000. This is the hospital’s third administrative penalty.

6. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – South San Francisco, South San Francisco, San Mateo County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

7. Menlo Park Surgical Hospital, Menlo Park, San Mateo County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established surgical policies and procedures. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

8. Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, Fresno County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s fourth administrative penalty.

9. Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

10. Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Services, Simi Valley, Ventura County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo an additional surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $25,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) cited 14 California hospitals today for administrative penalties after determining that the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients. The fines total $825,000.
“We have a commitment to ensuring quality patient care for every Californian,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of CDPH and the state public health officer. “We work with hospitals to ensure they meet licensing requirements and share our goal of excellence in care.”
The following hospitals received penalties:1. California Hospital Medical Center – Los Angeles, 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 relating to the initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

2. Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Fountain Valley, Orange County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures relating to the competency of a licensed vocation nurse. The penalty is $25,000. This is the hospital’s third administrative penalty.

3. John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, Indio, Riverside County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s fifth administrative penalty.

4. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Los Angeles, 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 relating to cardiac monitoring. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

5. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – San Francisco, San Francisco, San Francisco County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures relating to self-administered bedside medications. The penalty is $100,000. This is the hospital’s third administrative penalty.

6. Kaiser Foundation Hospital – South San Francisco, South San Francisco, San Mateo County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

7. Menlo Park Surgical Hospital, Menlo Park, San Mateo County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established surgical policies and procedures. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

8. Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, Fresno County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s fourth administrative penalty.

9. Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, San Francisco County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

10. Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Services, Simi Valley, Ventura County: The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow surgical policies and procedures. This resulted in a patient having to undergo an additional surgery to remove a retained foreign object. The penalty is $25,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

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