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CA orders fixes at 2 UCSD emergency rooms

The San Diego Union-Tribune, April 25, 2011

California investigators have called for changes in the emergency departments at UC San Diego's two hospitals, after one elderly patient hanged herself at Thornton Hospital and another suffered cardiac arrest after being forceably removed from UCSD Medical Center. The state Department of Public Health, which also investigates on behalf of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, issued a 62-page "Statement of Deficiencies" to UCSD. The university submitted a correction plan late Thursday. State and federal officials will review the plan and decide whether it's adequate. The probe has delayed the launch of UCSD's $227 million Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center next to Thornton Hospital in La Jolla. UCSD had planned to open that facility April 4 but state health officials said they won't approve any new services at UCSD until the emergency departments are fixed.