The California Department of Public fined Health Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia for its failure to implement safe practices in the administration of medication.

The hospital was one of 14 California hospitals penalized by the CDPH for noncompliance with licensing requirements which caused or could have led to the injury or death of a patient. The fine was for the amount of $50,000.

In an emailed statement, Andie Bogdan, director of planning, marketing and public relations for Henry Mayo Newhalll Memorial Hospital addressed the fine, stating the hospital’s pharmacy identified a potential medication error in January 2010, in which they immediately notified hospital staff.

The patient involved was not harmed as a result of the error, and the hospital benefited from the changes implemented shortly after the incident, Bogdan said. Changes included computerized alerts for uncommon medications and dosages as well as a new digital bedside medication verification system. “Henry Mayo continues to make consistent improvements in quality and safety and will continue to do so,” Bogden said.