DPH Issues $275K in Penalties Against Three California Hospitals
Details of Fines
On Thursday, DPH issued a $50,000 penalty against Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento -- the facility's first administrative penalty. The fine was issued after a nurse failed to ensure medical treatment for a patient who sustained life-threatening injuries from a fall in the hospital's emergency department (Craft, "Healthy Choices," Sacramento Bee, 5/1).
Additional fines were levied on:
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, which was fined $100,000 for failing to follow policies on patient evaluation and safety and $75,000 for failing to follow policies on the safe distribution of medication; and
- Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, which was fined $50,000 for failing to follow fall prevention policies -- the facility's first administrative penalty.