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Follow-up Inspection of UC Irvine Medical Center uncovers deficiencies

January 6, 2010 |  6:00 pm

A follow-up state inspection of UC Irvine Medical Center to check whether the hospital had fixed previous problems has uncovered three additional areas of deficiency.

The university received a letter earlier this week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services noting that it was out of compliance during the inspections on Oct. 15 and 16. A detailed description of the problems is not public yet, but the letter cites deficiencies in pharmacy, oversight and quality assessment and performance.  UC Irvine has until Jan. 18 to submit a plan for correction.

The hospital’s chief executive officer, Terry Belmont, notified the staff of the findings in an e-mail Monday evening. “Many corrective actions were completed within 30 days of the team’s initial survey, and today’s notification contained no unanticipated findings,” Belmont said. “UC Irvine takes such surveys seriously, since our greatest responsibility is ensuring a safe environment for our patients.”

The hospital remains fully accredited.

-- Kimi Yoshino