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Calif. hospitals hit with safety penalties
Modern Healthcare - Rebecca Vesely

Thirteen California hospitals have been fined a total of $650,000 for policy and procedural failures that endangered patients or caused their death. John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio, Calif., received four penalties, totaling $100,000, for failures in nursing staff competency, patient monitoring, and the safe administration of medications. One penalty resulted from the death of a 2-day-old baby from meningitis, septic shock and acute hypoglycemia, according to state records.

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