Department of Health Services Approves Correction Plan for Vallejo Hospital
The Department of Health Services has approved a correction plan submitted by Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo following a June CMS report that found several violations at the hospital, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Hallissy, San Francisco Chronicle, 9/15). According to the report, the medical center used unqualified technicians who were not supervised to administer anesthesia before at least 29 surgeries and did not keep adequate records.
The investigation found that at least one person might have been injured as a result of the problems, some of which dated from March. Investigators also cited five other cases in which inadequate records were kept and unsupervised delivery of anesthesia took place (California Healthline, 7/16).
Interim CEO Terry Glubka said, "We are absolutely confident and feel very good about the care we deliver here at Sutter Solano." Glubka declined to say whether any employees had been disciplined as a result of the report but said that hospital administrators are "working with our staff to ensure compliance" (San Francisco Chronicle, 9/15).