UNC Children’s hospital responds to New York Times investigation criticizing heart surgery program

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FRIENDS TUESDAY AND JUMPED IN AND NEVER RESURFACED. HE JUST GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL LAST WEEK. A WHISTLE BLOWER AT UNC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL SECRETLY RECORDED DOCTORS DISCUSSING DEATHS AND SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS. NEW YORK TIMES RECEIVED AUDIO FROM A MEETING. IN ONE A TOP DOCTOR SAID WE ARE IN CRISIS AND EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THAT. DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE INVESTIGATION AND HOW ONE OF THE LARGEST HEALTH PROVIDERS IN THE STATE IS RESPONDING. Reporter: UNC CHILDREN’S WEBSITE BOASTS OF BEING NAMED TO THE LIST OF BEST CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS FOR A 10th YEAR. A REPORT PUBLISHED THURSDAY BY THE NEW YORK TIMES QUESTIONS QUALITY OF CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH SERIOUS HEART ISSUES. IN 2016, CHILDREN’S HAD NINE PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGISTS, ALL OF WHOM MET WITH HIGHER UPS IN A PRIVATE MEETING SOMEONE SECRETLY RECORDED. ACCORDING TO TAPES RELEASED THURSDAY MORNING BY THE TIMES MORE THAN HALF OF THE DOCTORS HAD DOUBTS ABOUT SENDING SOME CASES TO THEIR OPERATING ROOMS. UNC HEALTH DECLINED AN INTERVIEW REQUEST BUT A SPOKESPERSON SAID AS WE SHARED THERE WERE TEAM CULTURE ISSUES IN 2016 AND THEY WERE HANDLED APPROPRIATELY. UNC SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP AND FOUR OF THE NINE CARDIOLOGISTS INVOLVED IN THE MEETING ARE GONE. NONE WANTED TO TALK TO THE TIMES. THERE ARE SEVERAL NEW CARDIOLOGISTS ON STAFF AS WELL AS NEW SURGEONS. RECORDINGS REVEAL SOME DOCTORS HAD LOW LEVEL OF FAITH IN THE FORMER SENIOR SURGEON WHO IS ON MEDICAL LEAVE AND SAID HE FAILED TO PROVIDE SOME MORTALITY DATA. A SPOKESPERSON SAID FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR FAMILY EVEN A SING SINGLE DEATH IS TOO MANY. THEY CLOSED BY SAYING TO CHARACTERIZE TODAY’S PROGRAM ANYTHING BUT STRONG WOULD BE MISLEADING AND NOT FACTUAL. AS UNC HEALTH DEFENDS ITSELF, HOSPITAL ATTORNEYS WILL DEFEND AGAINST A LAW SUIT FILED BY THE TIMES SUING FOR RISK ADJUSTED DATA OF DEATH RATES. MANY HOSPITALS MAKE THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE PUBLICLY. YOU CAN FIND MORE ON THE TIMES

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