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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Hospital to pay fine for treatment errors

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center has agreed to pay a fine of over $19,000 to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for causing radiation burns to three patients being treated for cervical cancer.

The fines end a six-month investigation of the South Bend hospital's cancer program.

The women were burned in February and March of 2004 when a medical device incorrectly exposed them to radiation on their inner thighs. The incidents were not reported until a year later.

The NRC says the hospital has changed its procedures so the mishap won't happen again.

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