Johns Hopkins hires investigator amid children’s hospital scandal

A former federal prosecutor has been appointed to lead an investigation into the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital heart surgery unit, The Tampa Bay Times reported. The hospital, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been the focus of a scandal after a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation revealed the unit’s mortality rate had tripled in just a few years.

The report led to a number of resignations of executives within the hospital.

The investigator, F. Joseph Warin of Global Dunn, will review the deaths at the children’s hospital and other problems and report to a special committee of the board of trustees by May, the report said. The health system also plans to appoint an independent monitor at the St. Petersburg hospital.

After uncovering significant problems at the children’s hospital, the Tampa Bay Times dug further into Johns Hopkins and found other safety issues across its Baltimore-based hospital and five sister hospitals in early January.

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