Healthcare Roundup—Johns Hopkins taps ex-prosecutor to head All Children’s Hospital Heart Institute probe
January 10, 2019 / Paige Minemyer
Johns Hopkins has hired a former federal prosecutor to head its investigation into safety concerns at All Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute. F. Joseph Warin, a partner at law firm Gibson Dunn, will report his findings to a committee convened by Hopkins’ board “no later than May,” the health system said. Hopkins President Kevin Sowers also apologized to providers and hospital staff who reported their concerns but were turned away. Concerns about the heart surgery program at All Children’s were first raised by a Tampa Bay Times investigation that revealed mortality rates tripled between 2015 and 2017. Heart Institute employees reported concerns as early as 2015 but the hospital continued to perform complex heart surgeries after that, the newspaper found.