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State health inspectors find 16 violations at local hospital

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 1/24/2013 6:08 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --  News 3 has an update to this News 3 exclusive investigation into a local hospital under fire for violations by state healh inspectors.

Mountain View Hospital cited for numerous and critical violations by state health inspectors in its food service area. The state used terms like mold, soiled and other trigger words that forced the hospital to comply or else.

News 3's Reed Cowan has been following the story of mountain view hospital from the beginning,
A local hospital is once again under fire by state health inspectors who call a list of 16 violations critical and numerous.

News 3 has obtained a November report about Mountain View Hospital.

A source tells News 3 several people were fired as a result. Mountain View Hospital will not confirm or deny that information.

State health inspectors reportedly acted on a tip of filthy prep areas.

Their report, dated late November to mid-December, showed what they found.

-- Raw, brown steak, open and expired.

-- Numerous foods not at state-mandated temperature levels.

-- A food handler with unwashed hands.

-- Numerous food items in the doctor's dining area exposed to contamination.

-- Moldy grout.

-- Numerous surfaces and equipment soiled, including prep tables and cutting boards.

-- Plastic bags lying on the floor.

-- Leaky faucets and equipment citations.

-- Overflowing trash and bad odors in kitchen staff bathroom including a soiled floor.

-- And even the janitor's cleaning closet soiled and stinking.

Mountain View Hospital has a troubled past with state inspectors. In 2008, its infection control practices were reportedly so bad the federal government was ready to send its Medicare patients to other hospitals.

Also in 2008, state inspectors found multiple infection control violations, including blood on a lab floor, a physician assistant contaminating equipment with bloody gloves and other allegations.

Mountain View Hospital issued a statement that blames kitchen management company Sodexo for the problems. The hospital says corrective action was taken.

Sodexo also refused to comment.
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