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A proposal to increase oversight of children’s heart surgery programs in Florida cleared its first legislative hurdle in a state Senate committee today.
A February follow-up inspection of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital found the hospital was still out of compliance with federal rules, officials said this week.
A federal investigation into Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg found failures in oversight that went far beyond the hospital’s Heart Institute.
The chairwoman of a powerful Florida Senate committee has filed a bill to dramatically increase oversight of children’s heart surgery programs.
The family of a deceased 26-year-old woman is suing Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, saying she died as a result of the poor care she received in the heart unit.
An internal review by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has found more than a dozen incidents in which children in the hospital’s heart unit were harmed by the care they received.
Tom Kmetz, who retired last year after a decade as president of the Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky., will take over on Feb. 18.
The federal government said a recent inspection of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital found serious problems and threatened to cut off the institution’s public funding unless the issues are addressed in a matter of weeks.
Lawmakers have recently criticized regulators for not investigating reports of problems in All Children’s Heart Institute sooner.
“Many of you courageously spoke out when you had concerns but were ignored or turned away,” the system’s president acknowledged in a video apologizing to the hospital’s community.
A total of six top officials have now left the hospital, including the CEO and three vice presidents.
The change could alert families to problems like the ones at the All Children’s Heart Institute much more quickly.
‘The events described in recent news reports are unacceptable,’ the hospital’s parent company said.
The hospital told the Times editorial board that it’s looking to rebuild the Heart Institute after stopping most surgeries late last year.
The federal government wants to take a deeper look at the St. Petersburg hospital, which has had problems with its heart surgery program.
State inspectors cited the hospital for not reporting two medical mistakes. In one case, it also didn’t tell the child’s parents, they said.
The review follows a Times story reporting a series of issues, including two needles that were left in children during surgery.
To tell us about your experiences at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Heart Institute, email [email protected] or call the Tampa Bay Times investigations team at (727) 892-2944. For more contact options, go to tampabay.com/tips.
Kathleen McGrory is the deputy investigations editor at the Times. She was previously the newspaper’s health and medicine reporter. She joined the Times in 2015. [email protected]
Neil Bedi is a data reporter and developer on the investigations team. He joined the Times in 2016. [email protected]
Eve Edelheit is a St. Petersburg-based freelance photographer. She previously worked for the Times for six years.
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