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California Department of Public Health issues penalties to 3 Los Angeles County hospitals

California Department of Public Health issues penalties to 3 Los Angeles County hospitals

The California Department of Public Health has issued penalties to 14 California hospitals, including three in Los Angeles County, for incidents that could have caused serious injury or death to patients, the state health agency announced this week.

The penalties — as well as more than $1.1 million in fines — were issued for incidents between 2012 and 2016. The Department of Public Health conducted an investigation in each case.

In Los Angeles County, the hospitals cited were Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, PIH Health Hospital in Downey and White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights.

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