11 Calif. hospitals fined for preventable mistakes

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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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