Public Health

Texas Regulators Fine Dallas County Public Hospital $1 Million

For not providing enough nursing staff, inadequate record-keeping and safety procedures, among other things

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Texas regulators slapped Dallas County's public hospital with a record $1 million fine for violations of patient safety and other rules. The fine is 20 times larger than the state's previous largest fine for such violations.

The Department of State Health Services announced the fine in a settlement agreement with Parkland Memorial Hospital. It said the fine resulted from an investigation of complaints about the hospital conducted between January 2011 and May this year.