Mount Carmel: St. Ann’s now in full compliance with federal standards

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COLUMBUS (WBNS) - Mount Carmel says its Saint Ann's hospital in Westerville is now in full compliance with Medicare standards.

The hospital was in danger of losing that federal funding after state health inspectors found in recent surveys that patients had been left in restraints for too long and there were also fire safety code violations in the hospital that needed to be addressed.

The surveys by state inspectors acting on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were prompted after allegations first surfaced in January involving the patients who died after receiving excessive – or in most cases potentially fatal doses of pain medications while under the care of Mount Carmel and its former doctor, William Husel.

The hospital fired Husel in December after an internal investigation. A criminal investigation is ongoing. His attorney has said Husel did not intend to kill those patients.

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To date, 35 patients are believed to have received excessive doses of pain medications at both Mount Carmel West and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville between 2014 and 2018. Thirty-four of those patients died while at Mount Carmel West; one died at St. Ann’s.

10 Investigates was first to report the scandal.

Mount Carmel released the following statement Thursday:

“Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has found Mount Carmel St. Ann's and its associated facilities to be in full compliance.

We plan to hear from CMS soon about the plan of correction for Mount Carmel West and its associated facilities. In the meantime, nothing changes our ability to treat patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Our top priority remains providing safe, high-quality care to our patients.”

One of 35 patients who died while under the care of Dr. William Husel was Robert Lee who died in 2017.

Lee's family has settled with the hospital receiving $675,000 in a settlement.

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