4 Southland Hospitals Fined For Serious Errors In Patient Care

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Four Southland hospitals were fined Thursday after investigations discovered that they didn’t comply with licensing requirements, which caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles were each fined $50,000 by the California Department of Public Health. St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton was fined $100,000.

Staff members from Barlow Respiratory Hospital were cited after they failed to give physicians enough information about a patient who went into cardiac arrest and died back in 2011.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was fined when it didn’t follow the recommended feeding procedure in the treatment of a stroke patient, who eventually died.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was fined for an incident in 2011, in which a sponge was left inside a patient.

Lastly, St. Jude Medical Center was penalized after surgeons removed a patient’s healthy right kidney instead of the left cancerous one in 2012.

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