An hour from Sacramento, the Antelopes Valley Hospital is an old building.
It was once the largest hospital in the world, serving more than 11,000 patients a year.
But it’s been under fire from the California Medical Association (CMA) for failing to improve patient safety.
The CMA wants the hospital to take a comprehensive look at its safety and performance, and even go so far as to require a “safety audit” of its operations.
In the past, the CMA has proposed that the hospital’s board of directors adopt a comprehensive safety audit to examine its safety, but that plan has never been passed.
In a recent letter to the hospital, CMA CEO Mary Kamm says she is committed to moving forward with a comprehensive audit and has encouraged the hospital board to conduct an audit in 2018.
“I think the audit would give the board an opportunity to address the issues that we have,” Kamm said in an interview.
“The audit would show if there are improvements that need to be made and what’s the status of those improvements.”
In her letter, Kamm also outlined a series of recommendations, including: Require an independent third party auditor to review hospital safety measures and safety procedures, including procedures for handling emergencies and patient transport.
Include a detailed safety audit of the operations and management of the hospital.
Review the safety of the surgical suite, as well as the isolation rooms, the operating room and the isolation unit.
Establish a safety audit committee that includes the hospital and the CMTB, a California health care organization that has a track record of addressing safety issues.
Review hospital operations and policies, including the way nurses and doctors are trained, and review staffing levels and staffing policies.
Established a Safety Advisory Board that includes a doctor, nurse and a physician who have a “significant stake” in the safety and security of the patients and staff at the hospital—including the medical director.
The board is supposed to advise the hospital on how best to implement safety measures.
The hospital board agreed to a list of 10 recommendations in January.
However, Kam said that those recommendations were not implemented.
She said that since the recommendations were put forward, the hospital has not received an audit report from the CMEB, which is responsible for auditing hospitals.
Kamm called the lack of transparency on the part of the CMB, which was appointed by Gov.
Gavin Newsom in December 2017, a problem.
“We’re not doing anything about it,” Kampum said.
“And that’s the problem.
They don’t want to do anything.
We don’t know what’s going on.
We’re not talking to them.”
Kamm declined to give details of the auditor’s findings or the hospital staff’s response.
But in a statement, Newsom said that Kampums recommendations were “taken seriously.”
He added that the governor is committed “to working with the hospital as soon as possible to ensure it continues to be a model for good healthcare care.”
“We are committed to addressing any concerns raised by the CMMCA and our staff,” the statement read.
Kampms letter came a day after the CMCB announced it would be holding an emergency board meeting in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 29.
The emergency board will consider the CMDB’s recommendation to audit hospital safety, and will consider whether the hospital is in compliance with all of its operating standards and regulations.
“If the hospital can be held accountable for its unsafe procedures, it will be held to account,” Kamps letter said.
Kamps is not the only hospital board member to have called for a comprehensive review of the safety at the Antels Valley Hospital.
In May, the California State Nurses Association (CSNA) also released a letter to hospitals asking them to investigate the hospital for safety violations.
The letter was signed by CSNA President Jennifer Lee, and came a few weeks after the hospital received a “slight increase” in patient deaths from its operations in May.
The California Medical Board (CMB), which oversees the hospital from its headquarters in Los Gatos, California, also asked hospitals to examine their procedures for administering antibiotics and other medications and to look at their staffing practices to make sure they are in compliance.
In December, the Los Gatons News reported that the city’s chief medical officer, Dr. Thomas Phelan, said that the Antelo Valley Hospital has a “lack of oversight” because its medical director is not a doctor.
“Dr. Phelen is the only doctor at the facility,” Phelas said in a December 7 press conference.
“He does not have to follow the rules of the medical profession, and he has no way to be in a position to take care of the most vulnerable patients and families.”
Phelans comments sparked an outcry from patients and family members.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Phelanes family members claimed he is a doctor and that he should be