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  • CDPH Issues Penalties to 13 Hospitals
    Source: California Department of Public Health (Friday June 1, 2012)

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that 13 California hospitals have been assessed administrative penalties and fines totaling $825,000 after a determination that the facilities’ noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

  • Heart bypass deaths fall as care, reporting improve
    Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Tuesday April 24, 2012)

    Patient deaths after heart bypass surgeries at California hospitals plummeted 34 percent between 2003 and 2009, newly released statistics show. Public reporting has improved bypass surgery outcomes across the board over a six-year period.

  • Yes, Real-Time Monitoring Would Have Saved Leah
    Source: Pittsburgh Healthcare Report (Thursday February 2, 2012)

    Article by Lenore Alexander, active member of Mothers Against Medical Errors, about her 11-year-old daughter Leah’s tragic death from hospital errors, including lack of monitoring. Since Leah’s death nearly 10 years ago, her mother has continued to ask many questions and learn why this happened to her daughter so that other lives can be saved.

  • Plaintiffs allege 'gruesome conditions' at Lap-Band clinics
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Tuesday January 17, 2012)

    At least five patients have died since 2009 after Lap-Band procedures at clinics in Beverly Hills and West Hills that are affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing campaign, according to autopsy reports, lawsuits and other public records.

  • Calif. hospital infection rates look low, but may be incomplete
    Source: UT San Diego (Wednesday January 18, 2012)

    California’s recent public reports on central-line associated hospital infections reflect rates nearly 50 percent lower than the national average, but the latest reports might reveal only half or more of infections cropping up in California. That is why validation of data is essential to getting accurate information out to the public, said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project.

  • In Santa Cruz County, hospital infection rates vary
    Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (Saturday January 7, 2012)

    The California Department of Health released its second year of data on hospital acquired infections. CU praised state regulators for posting a broad range of infection data and a consumer friendly surgical infection interactive map that will include more data over time.

  • Public Health Department Fines 14 Hospitals for Patient Safety Errors
    Source: California Healthline (Friday December 9, 2011)

    The California Department of Public Health announced it was imposing $850,000 in fines on 14 hospitals for medical errors that caused or were likely to cause serious patient injury or death.

  • Immediate Jeopardy: 14 CA Hospitals Fined $850,000
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Monday December 12, 2011)

    Another 14 California hospitals have been ordered to pay fines totaling $850,000 in the latest round of medical errors involving immediate jeopardy to patients, state health officials said last week.

  • Calif. Hospital Report Cards Likely To Go Away
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Monday December 5, 2011)

    Cal Hospital Compare, which gives the public quality scorecards of CA hospitals, may not continue because the California Hospital Association is backing out of the project.

  • 4-Year-Old Dies During Dental Surgery
    Source: KCRA (Tuesday November 15, 2011)

    4-year-old dies during dental surgery and his family is searching for answers to find out what led to his death.

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