Heartbroken

A Tampa Bay Times investigation

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March 11, 2019: Senate committee greenlights oversight of children’s heart surgery programs after Times report

A proposal to increase oversight of children’s heart surgery programs in Florida cleared its first legislative hurdle in a state Senate committee today.

March 8, 2019: Federal inspectors find unresolved problems at All Children’s

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.

Feb. 22, 2019: New federal report details widespread problems at All Children’s

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.

Feb. 19, 2019: After All Children’s deaths, proposal aims to catch heart surgery problems

The chairwoman of a powerful Florida Senate committee has filed a bill to dramatically increase oversight of children’s heart surgery programs.

Feb. 15, 2019: Family sues All Children’s after heart department death

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.

Feb. 9, 2019: All Children’s says 13 heart surgery patients were hurt by care

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.

Feb. 8, 2019: All Children’s hires new interim president

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.

Feb. 1, 2019: Federal officials threaten All Children’s funding, citing problems

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.

Jan. 11, 2019: State and federal inspectors visit All Children’s after reports on heart surgery deaths

Lawmakers have recently criticized regulators for not investigating reports of problems in All Children’s Heart Institute sooner.

Jan. 9, 2019: Johns Hopkins hires former prosecutor to investigate All Children’s Heart Institute

“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.

Jan. 2, 2019: Three more All Children’s officials resign following Times investigation

A total of six top officials have now left the hospital, including the CEO and three vice presidents.

Dec. 17, 2018: State may publish more data on heart surgery deaths

The change could alert families to problems like the ones at the All Children’s Heart Institute much more quickly.

Dec. 11, 2018: Top All Children’s executives resign following Times report on heart surgeries

‘The events described in recent news reports are unacceptable,’ the hospital’s parent company said.

May 22, 2018: All Children’s CEO: Not telling parents about needle left behind was “complete failure”

The hospital told the Times editorial board that it’s looking to rebuild the Heart Institute after stopping most surgeries late last year.

May 17, 2018: All Children’s Hospital now under federal review

The federal government wants to take a deeper look at the St. Petersburg hospital, which has had problems with its heart surgery program.

May 15, 2018: All Children’s never told state about needle left in baby

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.

April 27, 2018: State investigating problems at All Children’s Heart Institute

The review follows a Times story reporting a series of issues, including two needles that were left in children during surgery.

From the editor: Times' investigative team exposes big problems at the Heart Institute inside Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

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About the reporters

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.

Additional credits

  • Editor: Adam Playford
  • Data analysis: Neil Bedi, Connie Humburg
  • Additional reporting: Eve Edelheit, Divya Kumar, Martha Asencio Rhine, Caryn Baird
  • Additional photos and videos: Monica Herndon, Neil Bedi
  • Print design: Tara McCarty
  • Online design and graphics: Neil Bedi
  • Video production: Eve Edelheit, Danese Kenon, Monica Herndon