Bay Area Hospitals Fined for Not Following Safety Guidelines

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:08:52 -0800

REGIONAL (KRON)-- Multiple Bay Area hospitals are among several others statewide that will face administrative penalties and fines totaling $825,000 due to noncompliance with licensing requirements necessary to ensure the safety of patients.
The California Department of Public Health announced Friday that Chinese Hospital and Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco as well as Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Oakland/Richmond were among 13 hospitals statewide to be assessed the penalties.
Chinese Hospital will be penalized $50,000 in its first administrative penalty for failure to implement its established policies and procedures for feeding tube insertion.
Meanwhile Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland/Richmond will face a $75,000 fine each in their second administrative penalties. Health officials say the San Francisco facility is being fined for failing to follow surgical policies and procedures resulting in a patient having to undergo another surgery to remove a foreign object. The Oakland facility's fine stems from failure to follow established policies and procedures relating to their cardiac paging system.
Officials say in San Jose, the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center faces a $75,000 fine for failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient for not providing ongoing assessment of the patient.   
Health officials say that new legislation effective Jan. 1, 2009 increased fines for administrative penalties for incidents that occur in 2009 or later. Administrative penalties carry a fine of $50,000 for the first vilation 75,000 for the second, and $100,000 for the third or subsequent violation by the licensee.
The full list of penalized hospitals can be found on under News Links.
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