State fines Memorial Medical Center $100,000

kcarlson@modbee.comAugust 15, 2013 

The California Department of Public Health assessed a $100,000 penalty against Memorial Medical Center of Modesto for failing to ensure the health and safety of an infant in the newborn nursery.

According to a report of the March 2012 investigation, staff did not notify doctors right away that the baby had very low blood glucose readings. The infant, which didn't feed well in the hospital, suffered seizures due to hypoglycemia.

It's the third state administrative penalty assessed against Memorial for regulatory violations that jeopardized patients.

The hospital was fined $50,000 for a December 2011 incident in which a 65-year-old man died after outpatient laser surgery to remove kidney stones. The state ordered Memorial to pay $75,000 after a leg surgery was performed on the wrong patient in May 2012.

Memorial did not have an immediate comment on the most recent penalty, which was among $675,000 in hospital fines announced by the state agency today.

We'll have more on this story later today.

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