Officials defend Laguna Honda 

Following a patient’s death at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center that resulted in a $100,000 state fine, hospital officials on Monday defended the quality of care at Laguna Honda and said the fine is being appealed.

After questions were raised over the October 2006 death of an 82-year-old patient, who suffered severe dementia and is believed to have fallen from a third story window to her death, Supervisor Ed Jew called for a hearing Monday at City Hall to address patient care at the hospital.

Laguna Honda was issued the fine March 13 for the death by the California Department of Health Services, which said the hospital "failed to review, evaluate, update and implement the care plan for the resident."

The hearing before the Government Audit and Oversight Committee comes after another patient, a 63-year-old, died at Laguna Honda in January after sustaining injuries from a fall.

Laguna Honda executive administrator John Kanaley said that the hospital continues to improve its level of care.

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