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Three CA hospitals fined over safety concerns

Accreditation Connection, March 6, 2009

The California Department of Health has issued fines to three hospitals in Orange County for putting patients at risk, the Orange County Register reports.

Anaheim General Hospital was cited for food handling practices such as dirty equipment and unsafe temperatures for food storage; Fountain Valley Regional Hospital for a medication error; and Western Medical Center-Santa Ana for failing to report an assault by a staff member on a psychiatric patient. The latter two facilities intend to appeal these citations.

Each hospital received a $25,000 fine. The violations occurred in 2007-2008, and all three have taken action to prevent these incidents from recurring.

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