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Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center Fined for Serious Violation

The hospital was among a number penalized by the state for violations that caused or were likely to cause serious injury or death to patients.

Center was among five Southern California  hospitals and 14 medical facilities fined a total of $825,000 for failure to comply with state licensing requirements, the California Department of Public Health reported Thursday.

Officials said the non-compliance either caused or was likely to cause serious injury or death to patients.

``We have a commitment to ensuring quality patient care for every Californian,'' said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director.

Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center was fined $25,000 for not following established policies and procedures relating to the competency of a licensed vocation nurse. The fine was the hospital's third administrative penalty.

Other local hospitals penalized are:

  • St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, fined $100,000 for not following surgical policies, resulting in a failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient. The fine was the hospital's fourth administrative penalty
  • UCI Medical Center in Orange, fined $75,000 for not following surgical policies and procedures. The failure resulted in a patient having to undergo a second surgery to removed a retained foreign object. The fine was the hospital's fourth administrative penalty.
  • California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, fined $75,000 for failure ``to ensure the health and safety of a patient.'' Authorities said the hospital did not follow procedures relating to the initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The fine was the hospital's second administrative penalty.
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, fined $50,000 for not following established policies relating to cardiac monitoring. It was the hospital's first administrative penalty.

- City News Service

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