On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health fined 10 California hospitals a total of $625,000 for violations that endangered patients' health or led to their deaths, HealthLeaders Media reports (Clark, HealthLeaders Media, 6/7).
DPH has imposed $11.9 million in fines against 150 hospitals in the state since 2007 and has collected $8.8 million, according to agency officials.
Details of Violations
The fines were imposed for errors that occurred at the hospitals from 2009 to 2011.
Some of the violations included:
- Leaving surgical objects inside of patients after operations (O'Neill, "KPCC News," KPCC, 6/6);
- Failing to follow procedures to prevent a patient from falling out of a bed; and
- Providing the wrong medication to patients (HealthLeaders Media, 6/7).
Details of Fines
The fines levied by DPH include:
- $25,000 for Fallbrook Hospital District;
- $50,000 for California Pacific Medical Center-St. Luke's Campus Hospital in San Francisco;
- $50,000 for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles;
- $50,000 for Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital;
- $50,000 for Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Services;
- $50,000 for St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka;
- $75,000 for Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae;
- $75,000 for Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside;
- $100,000 for California Pacific Medical Center-Pacific Campus Hospital in San Francisco; and
- $100,000 for Palomar Health Downtown Campus (DPH release, 6/6).
The hospitals can appeal the fines (KTVU