State finds French Hospital provided unlicensed infant care

February 11, 2020

By CCT STAFF

French Hospital Medical Center provided care last fall for infants whom the facility was not licensed to handle, according to a California Department of Public Health ruling. [KSBY]

The San Luis Obispo hospital’s violation of state rules pertains to the facility providing care for infants younger than the age it was licensed to handle. French Hospital contends the violation was merely a formality stemming from not filing the proper paperwork.

Following an investigation last October, the Department of Public Health substantiated a complaint against French Hospital alleging the facility was operating as a Level II Acute Care Nursery, despite not having a license to do so. With Level II status, a California hospital can provide care for infants 32 weeks and older.

At the time, French Hospital only had a Level I status, which allowed them to care for infants 35 weeks and older.

French Hospital CEO Alan Iftiniuk said, months prior to the investigation, the facility put in place doctors, nurses and equipment in order to start accepting babies 32 weeks and older. Extensive training was also conducted, Iftiniuk said.

But, Iftiniuk acknowledged French Hospital failed to obtain state approval.

The state ordered French Hospital to stop accepting 32-week-old infants until it obtained level II status.


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Jorge Estrada

No license means the State didn’t get paid their extortion money. The State has a large lists of new fees for licenses that were finagled and then created a law requiring payment for the newly created records. We are not stupid, we are being abused (ever heard of elder abuse). Think about it, the record is recorded locally but the State still takes an annual ransom, just because.


DocT

Note: French Hospital is not accused of providing substandard care, or malpractice. They are simply accused of “non-licensed” care….paperwork issues.


I’m going to predict that insurance contracts are behind this….namely that the “other” hospital in the area would like to get an exclusive providership for a major insurance carrier in our state and would like to throw a spike-strip and an oil slick in the way of their competitor……dirty trick style.


This has nothing to do with healthcare or taking care of babies. It has everything to do with competition for insurance money.


Slosum

And outside union contractors for future construction. They will find any way to “tighten the screws”.