The hospital in Ohio, where a doctor allegedly prescribed excessive and potentially fatal doses of painkillers, resulting in the murder of 25 patients, announced Thursday the dismissal of nearly two dozen employees. Its chief executive will withdraw following the scandal.
The 23 employees at the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus include five doctors, nurses, and pharmacy management team members, hospital officials said. Another staff member was placed on administrative leave, while another 11, not among the 23 dismissed, were allowed to return to work.
Ed Lamb, who joined the hospital system in November 2016 as CEO, announced that he would resign on July 25 – nearly two months after William Husel, a former ICU physician, was charged with 25 died as a result of a six-month investigation conducted by the Franklin County Attorney's Office.
In addition, another Mount Carmel official, Dr. Richard Streck, Executive Vice President and Head of Clinics, will be retiring at the end of September, Lamb said.
An interim CEO has not been appointed immediately.
"It will take time for Mount Carmel to restore the confidence of our patients and the community," Lamb said in a statement, adding that the hospital was and would continue to implement significant changes in the community. the whole system to guarantee our colleagues the best possible service. care."
The decision to bring back some employees is "significant," Lamb said, but "everyone who participated in the review process has confidence in the decision to send these people to clinical care stations."
Patient deaths have uncovered a staggering case of medical surveillance and alleged medical malpractice, and questioned the fact that repeated failures involving potentially 30 or more employees may not have been monitored as long.
Husel pleaded not guilty and was released on bail following his arrest on June 5. He faces 15 years in prison for a charge if he is convicted. Husel's lawyer denied that the doctor attempted to kill one of his patients, most of whom were older and already in poor health, and said he had not never tried to euthanize them.