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Kern Medical fined over $30,000 after failing to follow procedure

Posted at 12:56 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 18:40:22-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The California Department of Public Health has penalized Kern Medical and three other California hospitals for failing to comply with licensing requirements.

According to the CDPH, Kern Medical did not "ensure the health and safety of a patient when it did not follow established policies and procedures regarding the treatment and care" in 2018. The facility has been fined $34,650.

This is the hospital's third Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

Adventist Health Simi Valley, Community Memorial Hospital- Ventura and Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch were also penalized.

Kern Medical has released a statement regarding the California Department of Public Health decision.

Providing safe and exceptional patient care is a core value for Kern Medical and we take the findings of the California Department of Public Health very seriously. We have conducted a thorough investigation into this matter and have developed plans with our hospital and medical staff to ensure that an incident like this does not happen again. Consistent with patient privacy laws and Kern Medical policy, we respect our patients’ right to privacy and will not provide further information regarding their care.