Grossmont Hospital Investigations Raise Oversight Concernts, Criticisms
By Sara McInerney, staff writer, and editor Miriam Raftery
September 14, 2008 (La Mesa)--Revelations of preventable patient deaths and alleged neglect at Sharp Grossmont Hospital have led some community leaders to demand increased oversight even as new complaints of patient care at Grossmont surface.
Grossmont is one of four hospitals in San Diego County assessed the maximum allowable fine by state health regulators for preventable errors that caused patient deaths, injuries, or were likely to cause serious harm.
Medicare and Medi-Cal are considering cutting their reimbursement for the hospital by October 15. Federal, state and county regulators are currently investigating the hospital. The hospital has submitted plans to correct deficiencies, including improving training and communications, and is awaiting a revisit by the California Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).