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3 local hospitals are fined for errors
San Diego Union-Tribune - Mike Lee, Union-Tribune Staff Writer

State health regulators have slapped the most severe fines on 13 medical centers, including three local facilities, for preventable mistakes that put patients in severe jeopardy. This latest batch of penalties raises broader concerns about the ability of hospitals nationwide to stem a decades-long string of errors. Two of the local cases announced yesterday by the California Department of Public Health involved surgical items left in patients. In the third incident, surgeons operated on the wrong side of a 93-year-old man’s brain.