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Three nursing homes in L.A. County fined over patient deaths

February 21, 2012 |  5:08 pm

Photo: Front of the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. Credit: Los Angeles TimesThe California Department of Public Health has issued fines against three nursing homes in Los Angeles County after concluding that poor care led to deaths at each of the facilities.

The three nursing homes got the most serious citations possible under state law, according to the department. 

Fountain View Subacute and Nursing Center in Los Angeles must pay $75,000 in connection with the 2010 death of a patient, who suffered a fatal brain injury after falling out of his bed. The health department concluded that the patient, who had a history of falls, was not properly supervised at the nursing home. When he was found on the floor, no one knew how long he had been there, according to the department.

The health department issued an $80,000 fine against the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. In 2010, a 90-year-old Alzheimer's patient who was in a wheelchair died a week after falling down a stairwell, according to a report. She had previously fallen down the same set of stairs.

And Downey Care Center in Downey was fined $80,000 for failing to monitor a patient's blood glucose level after she was released from a hospital in 2010. The woman died from a diabetic coma.

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Photo: The front of the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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