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State regulators intend to hit Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with some of the largest fines levied against a Florida hospital in recent memory, delivering a stinging rebuke to the prestigious institution.
The families of two children who were paralyzed after heart surgeries at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital will receive $26 million and $12.75 million in settlements with the hospital, state records show.
A family whose daughter died after a 2018 heart transplant at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has settled a legal claim with the hospital for $2.35 million, according to state records.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital will make sweeping changes to its policies and structure in response to problems in its heart surgery unit. The changes include new checks and balances on the hospital’s president, more rigorous evaluations for top executives and better tracking of internal complaints.
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill late Tuesday that will let physician experts visit struggling programs and make recommendations for improvement.
The Johns Hopkins Health System’s operating profit dropped 70 percent in the first quarter of 2019, in large part because of problems in the All Children’s Hospital heart surgery program, according to the system’s latest financial report.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital announced Tuesday that it has not yet corrected key problems identified by regulators early this year and said it has entered a binding agreement with the federal government requiring it to take special steps to avoid being cut off from public funding.
The state House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved a bill to increase oversight of pediatric heart surgeries.
With the end of this year’s legislative session drawing near, the Florida Senate is making a final push to increase oversight of children’s heart surgeries.
At least 11 families have filed claims with the hospital, which is admitting liability in many cases. Still, Johns Hopkins faces an uphill battle to restore trust.
Late last year, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital made a striking admission to state regulators: It had failed to report at least nine cases where its care had hurt patients.
The original bill allowed extra inspections of children’s heart surgery programs. The new one doesn’t, and even shuts down an existing committee of doctors tasked with proposing improvements.
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.
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Eve Edelheit is a St. Petersburg-based freelance photographer. She previously worked for the Times for six years.
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