The Tampa Bay Times is reporting three top executives at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital have resigned after the newspaper's investigation uncovered a significant increase in mortality rates in the hospital's heart surgery program between 2015 and 2017. All Children's CEO Dr. Jonathan Ellen, Vice President Jackie Crain, and Dr. Jeffrey Jacobs, a cardiovascular surgeon, have resigned. In addition, Dr. Paul Colombani, chair of the department of surgery, has stepped down from his position and has resigned from the hospital. The hospital's heart surgery program lost 11 children between 2015 and early 2017 and did not address concerns initiated in 2015 by staff until sometime in 2017. Johns Hopkins Health System president, Kevin W. Sowers, will step in as Interim CEO while a plan is set in place for leadership. Dr. George Jallo, current medical director of the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences and chief of pediatric neurosurgery, will serve as interim vice dean and physician-in-chief and Dr. Paul Danielson, current chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, will serve as interim chair of the surgery department. The healthcare system board has commission an external review of the complaints and issues within the heart surgery program.
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