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Two Valley Hospitals Fined For Botched Knee Surgery, Patient Death

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Two Valley hospitals received hefty fines for serious mistakes.  One mistake cost a patient his life while the other created twice the pain for a patient.

Fresno Surgical Hospital is in trouble for messing up a knee surgery.  The California Department of Public Health says the doctor operated on a patient's right knee only to learn it was the left knee that needed surgery.  The report states the doctor took the patient back in the operating room after being on a gurney in the hallway and then operated on the left knee.

The state fined Fresno Surgical Hospital 75–thousand dollars.  In the state report the patient complained of having a lot of trouble walking and being unable to bear weight since the surgery.

The hospital's CEO Kristine Kassahn had this response: "Patient privacy rules prohibit us from releasing or discussing any information regarding surgical or other medical procedures.  As always, our entire staff is committed to delivering the highest quality care and patient satisfaction to patients throughout the central valley."

Adventist Medical Center in Hanford was fined 50–thousand dollars for over–medicating a patient that caused his death.  The state report says Adventist Medical Center allowed the patient to self medicate himself for pain control.   Over a six hour period he injected close to three teaspoons of morphine.  The coroner determined it turned out to be a lethal dose that killed the patient. The patient was in the hospital for surgery on his right heel.

Adventist Medical Center CEO Wayne Ferch had this response: "Our hearts and prayers are with the family, and we grieve with them. When this event happened we re–evaluated what we were doing and worked with our medical staff to immediately strengthen our medication control policies and processes."

This is Adventist Medical Center's third administrative penalty and the second for Fresno Surgical Hospital.   

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