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Friday, Jan 31 2014 03:02 PM

State fines Bakersfield Memorial Hospital $50,000

BY COURTENAY EDELHART Californian staff writer cedelhart@bakersfield.com

The California Department of Public Health has fined Bakersfield Memorial Hospital $50,000 for endangering the health and safety of a patient.

Bakersfield Memorial was fined because it failed to immediately respond to cardiac rhythm alarms, according to the state.

That was in violation of "established policies and procedures for patient monitoring and intervention," public health officials said.

The administrative penalty, the hospital's second, was announced Friday along with sanctions against seven other California hospitals.

In 2009, Bakersfield Memorial was cited for anesthesia equipment that didn't function properly.

Fines against the eight institutions sanctioned Friday totalled $475,000. They were assessed after investigations found the facilities' noncompliance with licensing requirements "caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients," according to the state.

Bakersfield Memorial did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The other hospitals fined were:

* Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Orange County, $75,000,

* Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center in Garden Grove, Orange County, $50,000,

* Los Angeles Community Hospital in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, $50,000,

* Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Merced County, $75,000,

* Regional Medical Center of San Jose in San Jose, Santa Clara County, $50,000,

* Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, $75,000,

* St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Orange County, $50,000.

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