Feb 13, 2015 6:12 PM by News Staff
State health officials have cited and fined 10 California hospitals over so-called "immediate jeopardy" incidents - preventable errors that cause or have the potential to cause serious injuries or death.
The California Department of Public Health said this week that the fines total $700,000.
Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville is on the list for failing to ensure the health and safety of a patient, when it didn't follow policies and procedures. The hospital has been fined $50,000.
The University of California, San Diego, Medical Center received a $100,000 penalty for the death of a patient who walked out of the hospital undetected and died after falling into a nearby canyon.
Among the other facilities hit with fines are Beverly Hospital in Los Angeles County, John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Riverside County and the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.
The health department started handing out "immediate jeopardy" penalties in 2007 to pressure hospitals to improve training and quality checks.