INLAND HOSPITALS: Fines issued over medical mistakes

A $200,000 fine was levied by California Department of Public Health officials on Southwest Healthcare System, a UHS Hospital system which includes Inland Valley Medical Center and Rancho Springs Medical Center.

The Department of Public Health issued the following penalties:

– $200,000 to Southwest Healthcare System for failure to prevent a woman from falling at Rancho Springs in 2011, and because a surgical team at Inland Valley left gauze in a man receiving a pacemaker in 2012. The patient who fell died five days later as a result of bleeding in the brain, according to a state report. The events triggered twin fines of $100,000.

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For Southwest, it was the hospital system’s 10th and 11th violations since 2007, said Corey Egel, a Department of Public Health spokesman.

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