Kern Medical Center

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November 19, 2010
Bakersfield , CA
United States
California US

Six other health facilities were fined. Each of the other six incidents involved fewer than 10 records and only the Kern incidents are included in the total.

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The California Department of Public Health fined Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA, $250,000 for allegedly keeping patient records in an outside, unlocked locker, allowing for the theft of 596 patient records in 2009. For several months in 2009 a Kern Medical Center employee placed the daily lab reports in the broken locker outside the hospital until they were stolen one night. Six additional health facilities were also fined: Biggs Gridley Memorial Hospital, Gridley, Butte County; Children's Hospital of Orange, Orange, Orange County; Delano Regional Medical Center, Delano, Kern County; Kaweah Manor Convalescent Hospital, Visalia, Tulare County; Oroville Hospital, Oroville, Butte County; Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles County. The total amount of fines for the seven health facilities was $792,000.