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  • Moms: Hospital Killed Our Kids

    The outside of the Kentucky Children's Hospital is all colorful paintings and smiling photos, but inside there's a dark secret. Connor Wilson was the first to die, on August 30, at six months old. His parents, while heartbroken, didn't think anything was amiss until another baby in the same ward, Rayshawn Lewis-Smith, died. Then they found out Waylon Rainey, also on the cardiac surgery floor, coded and was on life support and a fourth baby, Jaxon Russell needed a second surgery at another hospital to fix a heart surgery he'd had a Kentucky Children's. All of these events happened within eight weeks, after which the hospital closed its cardiac surgery program and placed its chief surgeon on leave. When the parents asked the hospital questions, the hospital wouldn't answer them. When a local reporter started asking questions, the hospital sued her. When the state Attorney General asked these same basic questions - how many pediatric heart surgeries they did, their mortality rates - the hospital refused to hand over the data. When the AG ruled they were in violation of state law by not releasing their data, the hospital appealed the ruling. Now the hospital says they plan to re-open their pediatric cardiac surgery program, and these parents are up in arms. How could the hospital possibly open back up with this kind of track record, without even releasing the most basic safety data, which many other hospitals release all the time? And why haven't state or federal regulators rushed in to stop the program from re-opening - they haven't even opened an investigation. Elizabeth Cohen investigates.
  • Troubles at Stony Brook University Medical Center

    Newsday investigates serious issues in medical care at Stony Brook University Medical Center. They uncovered trouble including the "unexpected deaths of three children, (which) spurred investigations by federal, state and local agencies, forced the shutdown of one of the implicated medical departments at the hospital and inspired a legislative proposal to establish a new oversight board for the hospital."
  • Condition Critical: Code of Silence

    WTLV TV-12 "examined the code of silence among doctors, exposed examples of the medical risks it poses to patients and ultimately showed the economic downside for physicians whenever they break that code of silence. ... in one case.. Jacksonville's largest provider of cardiovascular services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, allowed its Chief of Cardiac Surgery to operate on patients despite a severe drinking problem spanning more than a decade ... a drinking problem widely known to the hospital's administration and medical staff.... Our series of investigative reports uncovered a pattern of unchecked power, corruption, cover-up, criminal conduct... even death in the O-R."