Hospital investigated for patient abuse

MARYSVILLE - Agents for the California Department of Justice seized records from Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville two weeks ago, according to Rideout CEO Terri Hamilton. They also seized records from the hospital's administrative office in Yuba City.

The hospital remains silent on why agents seized the records, only saying it's related to an incident the hospital self-reported last summer.

A spokesperson for the California Department of Justice said they couldn't comment on the incident, but said more information might become available next week.

Records from the California Department of Public Health, however, may shed light on what agents were after. There were only two self-reported incidents from Rideout last summer, one involving the abuse of a patient by a staff member, according to data on the department's website. CDPH investigators looked into the report and confirmed the incident occurred.

Additional records requested from the California Department of Public Health on Wednesday have not been provided, but a spokesperson for the agency did provide limited information in a written response to questions from News10.

CDPH investigators found that the hospital failed to report suspected abuse, failed to report patient rights and failed to ensure that the patient is free from all forms of abuse. Their investigation also revealed the hospital inappropriately applied restraints to a patient and failed to ensure a system of infection control was in place, according to spokesperson Corey Egel.

CDPH could not comment on the exact nature of the abuse, Egel said. News10 will update the story as we learn more.


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