Bakersfield Memorial Hospital fined $50k

Incident happened in 2010

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued eight penalties today to eight California hospitals along with fines totaling $475,000 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.      Bakersfield Memorial Hospital , Bakersfield, Kern County : In a report filed on 04/01/2010, the hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures for patient monitoring and intervention. The penalty is $50,000. 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 for patient assessment and advocacy. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s fourth administrative penalty.

3.        Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center , Garden Grove, Orange County : The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures related to safe distribution and administration of medication. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s third administrative penalty.

4.        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 related to safe distribution and administration of medication. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

5.        Mercy Medical Center , Merced, Merced County : The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures relating to safe distribution and administration of medication. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

 6.      Regional Medical Center of San Jose , San Jose, Santa Clara County : The hospital failed to ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures related to safe distribution and administration of medical gas. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s first administrative penalty.

7.      Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center , 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 resulting in the retention of a foreign object. The penalty is $75,000. This is the hospital’s second administrative penalty.

8.      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 related to patient care. The penalty is $50,000. This is the hospital’s third 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.

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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