In a written response to allegations of substandard care at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit, Los Angeles County health officials said they found "little about the allegations" to be correct.
County health officials addressing an anonymous complaint to an accreditation agency said seven of 11 allegations made could not be substantiated. Officials found that hospital staff provided and received cosmetic services at Olive View, but said "the investigation has dispelled the claim that an organized cosmetic operation on the scale of a 'beauty salon' has existed in the NICU."
County investigators questioned 80 Olive View workers and found 16 had received free nail or eyebrow services from a fellow staff member who admitted responsibility and is one of two employees placed on leave, according to a copy of the response reviewed by The Times.
Officials said staff received treatments during breaks, almost always in rooms outside the NICU. Twice, investigators said, an unoccupied NICU suite was used.