SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two hospitals in San Diego County were among 12 statewide fined by the California Department of Public Health for failing to follow proper policies and procedures, it was announced Friday.
Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla were each fined $50,000, according to the CDPH.
Palomar Medical Center Escondido was fined for an incident in 2009 when a patient in the intensive care unit fell out of her bed and was not discovered for more than an hour, according to the CDPH. It was the first administrative penalty issued by the CDPH to the hospital.
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla was cited for leaving a surgical towel in a patient last year, according to the CDPH. It was the fourth time the hospital has been fined by the CDPH.
The hospitals have 10 days to appeal the fines, according to the CDPH. In addition to the penalties, the hospitals must submit a plan of correction to prevent similar incidents in the future.
A transient was behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing two other homeless men last week at an Otay Mesa strip mall.
San Diego County emergency and fire officials are urging residents to protect homes against devastating wildfires as fire season kicks into full gear.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a joint-use park at McKinley Elementary.
A vote is expected Tuesday as the Del Mar Fair Board considers transforming the Surf Side Race Place into a new indoor entertainment venue.
The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved a $225,000 settlement in litigation brought by a deputy city attorney, who alleged sexual harassment by her former supervisor.
The Gate Fire, which has burned about 2,056 acres northwest of Dulzura, was 95 percent contained Monday. Cal Fire also reported that all evacuation orders and warnings were lifted in the fire area.
The Gate Fire northwest of Dulzura has been fully contained. Cal Fire says its crews will remain on scene Tuesday mopping up and guarding against flareups.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has voted to lay off its enforcement officers that patrol local train and bus stations.