Two Central Valley Hospitals Fined For Errors, Deaths

Two Central Valley hospitals have been fined a total of $125,000 for patient errors, the{} California Department of Public Health said today.{}

Adventist Medical Center in Hanford and the Fresno Surgical Hospital were two of seven hospitals in the state that were penalized by the department.

The penalties are for facilities found noncompliant with licensing requirements that caused or were likely to cause serious injury or death to patients.

Adventist Medical Center was fined $50,000 for the death of a patient who overdosed on morphine.

The Fresno Surgical Hospital was fined $75,000 for operating on the wrong knee of a patient. An investigation found that the patient's right knee was operated on, but after the surgery, the hospital realized the mistake, took the patient back in to the operating room after being on a gurney in the hallway and then operated on the left knee.