Morning News for Tuesday, June 4th
Evergreen Lakeport Healthcare in Lakeport has received the most severe penalty and highest fine under state law for the 2011 death of a woman who was given the wrong medication and not transported to the hospital for acute care.
Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the Department of Public Health, said an investigation found that facility deficiencies resulted in the death of the resident.
Evergreen Lakeport Healthcare is a 99-bed skilled nursing facility located on Craig Avenue that offers both short- and long-term care.
The woman whose death resulted in the penalty was admitted with a coronary artery bypass graft, pacemaker for atrial fibrillation. She lived with her daughter and was said to be alert, independent and spry.
At around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 8, 2011, a nurse incorrectly administered an oral dose of methodone for pain to instead of another patient. The nurse practitioner told officials that she did not give the reversal agent for methadone “as we usually don't do that.”
A physician's order for life-sustaining treatment called for full treatment and transfer to a hospital if indicated, including intensive care.
After giving the woman the dose of methadone, Evergreen staff kept her at the facility, giving her oxygen and monitoring her vital signs for eight hours instead of sending her to a hospital.
Motions and counter-motions were filed by both sides of the federal lawsuit aiming to stop construction of the Highway 101 bypass in the last few weeks. The final hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 14 in a San Francisco federal courtroom.
Federal Judge Jeffrey White denied a temporary injunction to delay the project, saying that "In order to prevail , the Plaintiffs will be required to show that the [CalTrans] decision not to prepare a supplemental EIS was arbitrary or capricious,".
The final phase of the trial began on April 12 when the plaintiffs filed a 40 page motion requesting the judge rule against CalTrans and the Corps. The motion lists six specific project changes which should have required CalTrans to reopen the original environmental impact statement. The US Army Corps of Engineers and CalTrans filed counter-motions on April 26 requesting the case be dismissed. A court decision is likely by the end of June.
Bypass protesters are vowing to continue to raise objections.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has launched a monthly newsletter to inform the public about the update to the State Wildlife Action Plan(SWAP).
Population growth, increased development, water management conflicts, invasive species, and climate change are putting tremendous stress on our natural species. California has the largest number of species at risk of becoming endangered
CDFW updates its State Wildlife Action Plan every 10 years. The plan identifies the species of greatest conservation need and prescribes measures to best protect them from environmental stresses and human induced threats.
In order to update the plan for 2015, scientists are gathering and analyzing data to develop effective, long-term conservation strategies.
The SWAP monthly newsletter will provide highlights and milestones regarding the SWAP update process. The CDFW is also planning a dozen public meetings later this year. The first edition contains information on what the SWAP is, the update process, the update timeline and public opportunities.
To sign up to receive the SWAP monthly newsletter, visit www.dfg.ca.gov/SWAP/
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) announced that it has granted a three-year accreditation for quality and technical expertise provided in the echocardiography lab at Mendocino Coast District Hospital (MCDH).
“We have a skilled sonographer in Reid Patterson and a highly-trained physician, Jason Kirkman, M.D., to expertly interpret the results. said Noe Hinojosa, manager of the MCDH Diagnostic Imaging Center, which includes echocardiography services.