From 2011 to 2013, the program had a 12.5 percent mortality rate for open-heart surgeries, according to a CNN report that aired Monday. The Tuesday death of a baby who had heart surgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach is the ninth such incident since a new program launched in 2011, according to a story tonight on CNN. In a letter to employees about the investigation, St. Mary’s CEO Davide Carbone backed the program and surgeon Michael Black, the CNN story said.
- The CNN report also upset families whose babies were saved through the program, such as Pierre Rodriguez of Royal Palm Beach.
- The hospital, which is owned by Tenet Healthcare, says CNN did not get the mortality rate right, but won’t say what the hospital believes the correct rate is.
- Last year in April, the Florida Department of Health sent a team of expert heart doctors to St. Mary’s to review the children’s heart surgery program.