Three Bay Area Hospitals Fined for Violations

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Three Bay Area hospitals were issued hefty penalties from the
state Department of Public Health for putting patients at risk, health
officials announced today.

The UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco received two penalties
totaling $200,000 after investigations found noncompliance to the health code
likely to cause serious injury or death to patients.

Two penalties, amounting to $175,000, were also levied at St.
Mary's Medical Center
in San Francisco.

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose received one
penalty, costing $100,000.


UCSF Medical Center was penalized for not following surgical
policies and procedures in two separate incidents in which a patient had to
undergo a second surgery to remove a foreign object.

These were the hospital's seventh and eighth administrative
penalties.

At St. Mary's a surgical error also resulted in a second patient
surgery to remove a foreign object.

This was the hospital's second penalty.

A third penalty came from the hospital failing to safely
distribute and administer medication to a patient.

At Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the hospital was fined for
failing to follow procedures for emergency care. This was the facility's
third penalty.

A first violation carries a $50,000 fine, while a second violation
reaches $75,000. Third and subsequent violations carry a $100,000 penalty,
according to health officials.

The hospitals are required to provide the health department with a
plan of correction to prevent future incidents.

Hospitals can appeal the penalties by requesting a hearing.

Throughout the state, 10 penalties were issued at seven hospitals
with fines totaling $775,000.

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