Mount Carmel renewed Dr. Husel’s credentials after he was removed from patient care


COLUMBUS – In late November, days after Mount Carmel Health System suspended Dr. William Husel and removed him from patient care, the hospital also renewed Husel’s credentials that would allow him to continue to work and see patients at Mount Carmel, 10 Investigates has learned.

The maneuver is confusing and stands out because Mount Carmel would ultimately fire Dr. Husel on December 5 after an internal investigation alleged that he ordered or helped administer excessive or potential fatal doses of pain medication to 35 patients, according to the hospital’s own statements.

The hospital’s own timeline shows that Mount Carmel first became aware of concerns about Husel’s patient care on October 25, 2018.

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On November 19, 2018, the hospital received another formal report related to Husel’s care.

On November 21, 2018, the hospital received another formal report related to Husel’s care and removed him from patient care.

10 Investigates has learned on or about November 26, 2018 – Husel was re-appointed to the active medical staff that would allow him to continue to see patients at Mount Carmel.

Husel was fired eight days later on December 5.

Mount Carmel did not dispute the timeline and released the following statement to 10 Investigates:

“Mount Carmel removed Dr. William Husel from all patient care on November 21, 2018. On December 5, 2018, following additional investigation, Mount Carmel terminated Dr. Husel's employment. Although he was re-credentialed during this time as part of our standard medical staff credentialing process, it is important to know that Mount Carmel did not allow Dr. Husel to care for patients after November 21, 2018.”

10 Investigates has pressed Mount Carmel for explanation about why this occurred?

If Husel’s alleged actions were concerning enough to remove him from patient care, why was he re-appointed to the hospital before being fired?

10 Investigates is waiting to hear back.

This latest revelation comes just days after 10 Investigates broke the news that Husel did not meet the hospital’s own criteria to work as a critical care intensivist. The hospital has since said that while he did not meet the criteria on paper, the hospital sought an outside legal opinion which found his skills were good enough.

But Mount Carmel’s own application forms for clinical privileges for critical care intensivist show Husel met just two of the four criteria.

In order to become a critical care intensivist at Mount Carmel, you must:

  • Be an MD or DO
  • Have completed a fellowship in critical care
  • Have completed a residency in internal medicine
  • And be eligible to sit for a board exam in internal medicine and pass it within five years of appointment

Husel had a fellowship in critical care but his residency was in anesthesiology, which would make him ineligible to sit for the board exam in internal medicine.

After receiving questions about this on Friday April 19, Mount Carmel sent the following statement on Monday of this week:

“Dr. William Husel successfully completed a critical care fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and met Mount Carmel's qualifications for appointment as a critical care specialist in our intensive care unit.”

10 Investigates’ sources – including one whistleblower very familiar with the process – have said that the hospital deviated from its credentialing process by allowing Husel to work in the ICU and alleged that this was negligent credentialing.

“He should have never been in the hospital. We could have prevented 35 deaths. 35 purposeful deaths. 35 deaths that were not naturally occurring – 35 people that were robbed of the dignity of a natural death,” the source told 10 Investigates. “The families need to know that we could have prevented him from having those privileges and being on that floor and being on that unit.”

On Friday, Mount Carmel disputed that sentiment in another statement to 10 Investigates:

“Contrary to some media reports, we want to clearly state that Mount Carmel followed our credentialing process.

When applying for privileges as a critical care intensivist an individual must have successfully completed residency training or a training program in critical care. Dr. William Husel completed an anesthesia residency. He also completed a critical care fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, which met the requirements of our Medical Staff Bylaws because it is equivalent to a training program in critical care.

The Medical Staff Bylaws override all other credentialing documents, policies and procedures if there is a conflict between these documents. While we would like to provide more detail, the credentialing process for any physician is confidential and protected under state peer review laws.”


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