10 California hospitals fined a total of $675,000

Ten California hospitals, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, were slapped with fines Thursday totaling $675,000 because they failed to follow certain licensing requirements that “caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.”

The fines ranged from $50,000 to $100,000, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health.

St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, for example, was fined $100,000 for its fifth administrative penalty, according to the release.

“Based on observation, interview and record review, the hospital failed to follow their policy and procedure to have relevant images and results properly labeled and displayed prior to a patient’s surgery,” according to documents provided by the public health department. “This failure resulted in the removal of the wrong kidney.”


The penalty against UCLA’s hospital was for not following the proper surgical policies and procedures that led to “a patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a retained foreign object.” The hospital was fined $50,000.

For a full list of penalties, click here.


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