Cheryl Clark writes for HealthLeaders Media that 11 California Hospitals were fined $25,000 each by the state for mistakes that put patients in immediate jeopardy or, in a few cases, even injured or killed them. Among the most egregious mistakes were a “man undergoing a leg amputation for cancer he never had,” a patient being set on fire during an eyelid-related procedure and a laundry list of equipment forgotten inside of patients.
This naming and shaming of errant hospitals has become a regular ritual in California, Clark reports:
Kathleen Billingsley, deputy director for the California Department of Public Health, said the 11 new fines bring the total of 115 monetary penalties against 80 hospitals to $2.87 million under a law that took effect Jan. 1, 2007. She has made public announcements about other batches of fines seven times previously, most recently Sept. 3.
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