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Fla. hospital controversy leads it to close a surgical program


A look at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.,  which is in a storm  of controversy involving  news media,  the hospital’s executives and patient safety.

It started when  CNN  broadcast a story June 1 about the 464-bed hospital’s pediatric cardiothoracic-surgery program and its mortality rate and its latest development, was the resignation of St. Mary’s CEO David Carbone.

His exit came two days after the hospital  closed the surgery program. St. Mary’s blamed “inaccurate media reports” for the closure, saying  that the reports made it “significantly more challenging to build a sustainable volume.”




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