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Sequoia Hospital fined for mistakenly removing woman’s ovaries
April 20, 2017
The fine against Sequoia, which is owned by the Northern California health system Dignity Health, is one of 17 civil penalties lodged against 14 California hospitals for incidents that caused serious injury or death. Doctors at Sequoia were supposed to remove the patient’s uterus, fallopian tubes and appendix during a February 2016 surgery, but mistakenly removed her ovaries, according to a report from the California Department of Public Health. St. Luke’s, an affiliate of Sutter Health, was fined $47,450 after a female patient fell in 2015 while under the care of hospital staff, hit her head, underwent brain surgery and died, according to the report. In response to these incidents, and to ensure such situations never occur again, we immediately investigated their root cause, evaluated our processes and implemented systemic improvements and training for our nurses, physicians, and staff. A spokesman for Sutter said the hospital immediately reported the incident “to the appropriate regulatory agencies and initiated a quality improvement process to ensure it does not happen again.” Queen of the Valley was fined $225,000 for three incidents in 2013 in which the staff failed to properly monitor patients’ symptoms or administered an incorrect treatment.