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California Fines Hospital For Mistakenly Removing Patient’s Ovaries

In total, 14 California hospitals are facing fines for incidents that caused injury or death.

The Bakersfield Californian: Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Fined $75,000 In Connection With Patient Death 
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital has been fined $75,000 after a state investigation determined nurses failed to provide adequate supervision to a patient who choked to death last March, according to a California Department of Public Health investigation. The administrative penalty is the third Bakersfield Memorial has received since 2009, CDPH records show. The hospital, which operates under the umbrella of Dignity Health, was cited in 2014 for not following established policies and procedures for patient monitoring and intervention, and again in 2009 for not having properly functioning anesthesia equipment. (Pierce, 4/20)

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