Tru­ven re­scinds ‘100 Top’ sta­tus for Calif. hospi­tal sanc­tioned by state

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —An­dis Robeznieks

Tru­ven Health An­a­lyt­ics has re­scinded its 100 Top Hos­pi­tals recog­ni­tion over the past two years for Desert Val­ley Hospi­tal in Victorville, Calif., a fa­cil­ity owned by the 20-hospi­tal for-profit Prime Health­care Ser­vices sys­tem.

Re­search firm Tru­ven re­scinded the 2012 and 2013 recog­ni­tion for the 75-bed hospi­tal based on a sanc­tion is­sued by the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health in 2013. The depart­ment fined the hospi­tal $50,000 and said it “failed to en­sure the safety of a pa­tient when it did not fol­low es­tab­lished poli­cies and pro­ce­dures re­lated to car­diac catheter­i­za­tion.” The 2011 in­ci­dents in­volved three cases of pa­tient harm, in­clud­ing one death, af­ter non­emer­gency in­ter­ven­tions were per­formed in a catheter­i­za­tion lab li­censed for di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures only.

“Desert Val­ley Hospi­tal ap­pealed these find­ings of the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health and is con­fi­dent it will be suc­cess­ful in dis­miss­ing these ini­tial find­ings,” said Desert Val­ley CEO Mar­garet Peter­son. “This is the first time Desert Val­ley Hospi­tal has ever re­ceived an ad­min­is­tra­tive penalty.” She called Tru­ven’s de­ci­sion to act be­fore an ap­peal had been re­solved “un­for­tu­nate.”

Tru­ven stated that if Desert Val­ley’s ap­peal is suc­cess­ful, it will re­con­sider its de­ci­sion to re­scind recog­ni­tion.

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