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    Doctor William Husel Sued for Malpractice

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    COLUMBUS (WCMH) ? A Columbus doctor and the Mount Carmel Health System are being sued for allegedly intentionally administering a lethal dose of fentanyl to a woman in late 2017.

    The hospital has acknowledged 27 cases of near-death patients being administered excessive and potentially lethal doses of medication.

    Tuesday, the Columbus Division of Police confirmed that investigators from the Cold Case Homicide Unit have been assigned to the case.

    The wrongful death suit was filed by the estate of Janet Kavanaugh, who died at Mount Carmel West Hospital on December 11, 2017 at the age of 79.

    According to the lawsuit, Doctor William Husel prescribed Kavanaugh an excessive amount of fentanyl for the purposes of hastening the termination of her life. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid pain medication, approximately 100 times stronger than morphine. Kavanaugh was given 1,000 micrograms of Fentanyl through an IV, causing her death within 18 minutes, according to the lawsuit.

    Kavanaugh's family said they learned of the fentanyl dosage more than a year after Kavanaugh's death. A physician-administrator called the family and informed them of the fentanyl dose, according to the lawsuit.

    Kavanaugh's family said they were told the staff members involved in her care have been suspended from patient care.

    Mount Carmel CEO Ed Lamb said Dr. Husel has been fired and 20 other employees have been removed from patient care pending further investigation.

    Also Tuesday, The Cleveland Clinic confirmed that Husel was an employee there for five years prior to his employment at Mount Carmel. The Cleveland Clinic issued the following statement:

    We just learned about the disturbing accusations against our former resident, Dr. William Husel, and take this matter very seriously. Currently, we are conducting a thorough investigation and internal review of his work while he was employed as a supervised resident from 2008 to 2013. Multiple safeguards are in place to protect patients from medication errors including electronic health record alerts, pharmacist reviews of all inpatient orders and routine controlled substance audits.?

    The Franklin County Coroner's Office is also participating in the investigation.

    In early December 2018 Mt. Carmel and Trinity Health Systems notified this office and other appropriate authorities with regard to conduct by a medical employee. This office met with Doctors, executives and attorneys for the hospital and been in contact with other law enforcement and state regulatory agencies. Mt Camel and Trinity Health systems have been fully cooperative and responsive to lawful requests for additional information and documents. A thorough investigation is being conducted.At the present time this office is not able to answer questions until the investigation is completed.?
    Note some are death investigations in the allegations.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...-dying-n959476

    More Victims come forward in a lawsuit against the doctor

    By Erik Ortiz and Doha Madani
    A widower who lost his wife to a lethal dosage of pain medication while she was hospitalized last year is speaking out against an Ohio doctor who allegedly administered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medicine to multiple near-death patients.

    The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System announced one of its former intensive care doctors, Dr. William Husel, ordered excessive dosages of pain medication to at least 27 near-death patients, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

    Mount Carmel Health System and Husel are now the subject of three lawsuits from families claiming negligence led to the deaths of their loved ones.

    Bonnie Austin, a 64-year-old homemaker and former waitress, was ill last year and asked her husband of 36 years to call for help when she began to have problems breathing, the husband, David Austin, told NBC News.

    "She went into cardiac or respiratory arrest, I guess," Austin said. "They took her to the emergency room."

    Doctors at Mount Carmel told Austin that his wife's heart had given out and she would be put on a machine.

    He was worried but "wasn't awful scared, you know, because I figured she was still with us," Austin said.

    Not long after, she was taken to intensive care, and her husband was later told she was brain dead.

    "I couldn’t understand," he tearfully recalled.

    Bonnie Austin died on Sept. 30 at the hospital.

    About a week later, Austin learned she had died of an overdose of fentanyl and Versed, a sedative, according to a lawsuit filed in state court in Franklin County, Ohio.

    "And then I got very suspicious," he said.

    Another lawsuit was filed against Dr. Husel and Mount Carmel on behalf of the estate of Janet Kavanaugh, who had been a patient at Mount Carmel West Hospital when she died on Dec. 11, 2017, according to the suit that was also filed in Franklin County.

    The suit says Kavanaugh, 79, was prescribed and administered a "lethal dose" of fentanyl — 1,000 micrograms — through her IV. She was pronounced dead 18 minutes later.

    According to the suit, Kavanaugh's family learned on Monday that her death was not an isolated incident and that at least 26 other patients were allegedly similarly affected and that "multiple physicians, nurses, and pharmacists have been fired based on this conduct."

    Gerry Leeseberg, a lawyer who filed the suit for Kavanaugh's estate, said she had not consented to being given the high dose of fentanyl, nor was he aware that she had ever previously been given that drug for pain relief.

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    "This is beyond the pale," Leeseberg said. "We want to know who was involved in this decision and what the hell happened."

    David Austin's lawyer, David Shroyer, said his client was never informed by staff that they would be administering a large dose of fentanyl to his wife.

    "These kind of decisions are supposed to be left up to the family and the patient, and not unilaterally by the physician," Shroyer said. "But when you're not in a position to advocate or understand for yourself, you trust your physician."

    Leeseberg's law firm also filed a third lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the estate of Troy L. Allison, who died in July 2018. The suit alleges that Allison died after Husel ordered a "grossly excessive and inappropriate dosage of narcotics."

    The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office said it is investigating allegations in the cases along with the Columbus police's homicide unit.

    Court records list no attorney to comment on Husel's behalf, and phone numbers linked to him weren't accepting calls.

    Mount Carmel confirmed in a statement that Husel was fired, and it has removed 20 employees from patient care pending further review.

    During the five years that Husel worked for the hospital, he ordered "significantly excessive and potentially fatal doses of pain medication for at least 27 patients who were near death. These patients' families had requested that all life-saving measures be stopped, yet the amount of medicine the doctor ordered was more than what was needed to provide comfort," the statement said.

    In a video statement, system President and CEO Ed Lamb said the company is "doing everything to understand how this happened and what we need to do to ensure that it never happens again."

    Husel's work also is under internal review by the Cleveland Clinic, where he was a supervised resident from 2008 to 2013. The medical center said its preliminary review found his prescribing practices were "consistent with appropriate care."

    Records show the State Medical Board in Ohio has never taken disciplinary action against Husel. It's unclear whether that board ever received a complaint or conducted an investigation about him, as such records are confidential and outcomes are public only if the board takes formal action.

    Shroyer said he expects the case will prompt other hospitals to review their own procedures and safeguards.

    "I think every hospital in the country is going to be saying, 'Could this happen at our hospital? And if it can, let's fix it,'" he said.

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    https://www.10tv.com/article/ohio-de...nt-carmel-west

    COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health announced Friday that it has launched an investigation on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – the federal agency that oversees things like patient safety and hospital performance. The investigation follows the news this week that a Mount Carmel doctor ordered lethal doses of prescription painkillers to 27 patients.

    Mount Carmel hospital confirmed that the state health department conducted a site visit at the hospital this week.


    Both the hospital and lawsuits allege that the amount of fentanyl prescribed was significantly excessive and beyond what would provide comfort to the patients who were either near death or in intensive care.

    State health department spokesman J.C. Benton would not offer up any other details about his department’s investigation - including when the investigation launched or what it was looking into. The Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office also announced that they’ve been investigating the allegations since early December.

    The Ohio Hospital Association said Friday that CMS could do a site investigation or assessment of the hospital that might affect the hospital’s accreditation.

    On Monday WBNS 10TV first reported that Dr. William Husel, a critical care physician, was accused of ordering that lethal doses of fentanyl be given to 27 patients who were either in intensive care or near death.

    Husel has declined to comment. So have his attorneys. No one answered the door at Husel’s home when a 10 Investigates reporter stopped by on Friday.

    Three wrongful death lawsuits allege that Husel ordered “grossly inappropriate” amounts of the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl be given to 27 patients. The lawsuits also allege that the hospital’s pharmacists fulfilled the orders and that several nurses administered the lethal doses to the patients.

    Ed Lamb, the president and CEO of the Mount Carmel Health System, released a video statement Monday apologizing to the families of the patients.

    “We apologize for this tragedy, and we’re truly sorry for the additional grief this may cause these families,” he said.

    The hospital has acknowledged that it first received an allegation concerning patient care in late October and took prompt action on Nov. 19 after receiving an additional allegation. A hospital spokeswoman has not returned recent calls or emails seeking additional clarity on an exact date.

    Some supporters of the nurses have told 10 Investigates that they were following doctor’s orders. But Lisa Emrich with the state’s nursing board says nurses have a regulatory duty to seek clarity when an order may affect a patient’s safety.

    When asked if the expectation on a nurse is to stand up and question a doctor’s order, Emrich said: “Yes, when a nurse has reason to believe that the order they received is inaccurate… or is harmful or potentially harmful to a patient, the nurse is required by our regulations to clarify an order.”

    Three of the lawsuits filed this week alleged that Dr. Husel ordered the drugs, that the pharmacists fulfilled the orders and the nurses administered the lethal doses of fentanyl – which in the three wrongful death lawsuits filed – ranged from 600 to 1,000 micrograms of fentanyl.

    When asked if 1,000 micrograms is a lot of fentanyl and if a nurse should question that amount, Emrich said: “When you look up that medication on the prescription resources, it’s a dose beyond that usual prescriptive range depending on the circumstances in which it is being administered.”

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    He's a serial killer.

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    https://www.dispatch.com/news/201901...uld-be-in-jail




    COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Mount Carmel said it has fired a doctor and suspended 20 employees after uncovering evidence of grossly overdosing near-death patients. But, an attorney for the family of one of those patients says that patient was not necessarily near death.

    Christine Allison says her husband was a super fine guy.

    She called EMS last summer when he complained of shortness of breath.

    "I really expected we would go to the hospital, they would make him better and we would be home that night and go on with our lives. And that didn't happen, that didn't happen at all,” said Christine Allison.

    Attorney Gerry Leeseberg says hospital records show that Troy Allison’s condition turned out to be serious, with his organs failing.

    “We’re not seeing anything to suggest that this patient’s prognosis was terminal,” said Leeseberg.

    Mount Carmel says it has identified 27 patients of Dr. William Husel who were given excessive and possibly fatal doses of pain medication. Husel’s motive is not clear, but it has conjured up comparisons to so-called angel of mercy killings.

    Christine Allison says she actually supports the idea of physician assisted death, but that’s not what happened here.

    "My husband did not have a terminal illness that it was for sure he was going to die. That was not the scenario at all," said Christine Allison.

    Leeseburg also revealed that he’s hearing from families of patients who are not among the 27 identified by Mount Carmel, but who have retrieved medical records showing their loved one was also given an excessive fentanyl dose.

    "This may be the tip of the iceberg and the size of that iceberg is yet unknown," said Leeseburg.
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    https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-new...mel/1716639754

    Update more lawsuits are being filed under the "Wrongful Death" allegations as more victims come forward against Dr. William Husel and the Hospital.

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    It's weird that there were so many staff members involved. When Harold Shipman did it he only got away with it as long as he did because he limited the involvement of other medical personnel

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    http://www.wcbe.org/post/another-mt-...een-identified

    A new victim has been named in the Dr. Husel death investigation

    Attorneys representing families of Mount Carmel West patients who died after receiving excessive doses of fentanyl have identified the youngest patient to date.
    37-year old James Timmons died in late October. The autopsy showed Timmons had a mix of cocaine and fentanyl in his system. 27 patients have been identified by the hospital as being given doses by now former hospital physician William Husel. Twenty caregivers have been removed from patient care while the hospital investigates. Three wrongful death lawsuits have been filed.

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    Update a new victim has come forward on Dr Husel note the victim numbers for this doctor is subject to change.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Latest on claims that hospital patients got potentially fatal doses of pain medicine (all times local):

    2:45 p.m.

    A fourth wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio hospital and a now-fired doctor accused of ordering that 27 near-death patients get potentially fatal doses of pain medicine without their families’ knowledge.

    The case was filed Tuesday against the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) over the March 2015 death of 65-year-old Jan Thomas.

    It alleges Husel fraudulently withheld information about Thomas’ prognosis, led her family to believe she’d die naturally after being removed from life support, and didn’t disclose she’d get lethal fentanyl.

    Mount Carmel says it fired the doctor, notified authorities and has put six pharmacists and 14 nurses on paid leave pending further investigation. It publicly apologized and says it’s adding more safeguards and cooperating with investigators.

    Husel’s lawyers aren’t commenting.

    10:30 a.m.

    An Ohio hospital system leader says a doctor’s orders for potentially fatal doses of pain medicine given to at least 27 patients were carried out by what he calls “a small number of good people who made poor decisions.”

    The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System says it fired the intensive care doctor, put six pharmacists and 14 nurses on paid leave pending further review and reported its findings to authorities.

    In an internal video message obtained by WBNS-TV , President and CEO Ed Lamb says employees ignored existing safeguards.

    Mount Carmel has notified affected families of the deceased patients .

    It says patients were near death when they received outsize drug dosages. But some families suing the hospital and Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) are questioning whether that’s true.

    Husel’s lawyers aren’t commenting.

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    Here is the Timeline so far

    Dr. William Husel is accused of giving "excessive" and "potentially fatal" doses of fentanyl to at least 27 near-death patients at Mount Carmel West hospital in Columbus, as well as Mount Carmel St. Ann's. Here's a timeline of everything we know about Husel's tenure, his patients, and the lawsuits and investigations that have emerged.

    The below timeline is not a complete record of Husel's actions, and will be updated as more information comes out.

    2008-2013: William Husel completes residency at Cleveland Clinic.

    2013: Husel starts working for Mount Carmel Health System.

    March 1, 2015: Jan Thomas dies at Mount Carmel West, age 65.

    Dec. 11, 2017: Janet Kavanaugh dies at Mount Carmel West, age 79.

    July 15, 2018: Troy Allison dies at Mount Carmel West, age 44.

    Sept. 30, 2018: Bonnie Austin dies at Mount Carmel West, age 64.

    Oct. 24, 2018: Mount Carmel executives are "first made aware" of concerns regarding Husel.

    Late October, 2018: James Nickolas Timmons dies at Mount Carmel West, age 37.

    Nov. 19, 2018: Unknown incident prompts Mount Carmel to take action.

    Dec. 5, 2018: Mount Carmel fires Husel with no public announcement. Subsequently, at least 20 nurses and pharmacists are removed from patient care duty.

    Late December, 2018: Mount Carmel reaches out to the families who died under Husel's care from "excessive doses" of fentanyl.

    Jan. 14, 2019: Janet Kavanaugh's family files a wrongful death lawsuit against Husel and Mount Carmel.

    Jan. 14, 2019: Mount Carmel CEO Ed Lamb releases a video statement on Husel's firing. The video was originally intended to come out later in the week, but was released early because of the lawsuit.

    Mid-January, 2019: Mount Carmel distributes updated medication guidelines to employees.

    Jan. 15, 2019: Bonnie Austin's family files a second wrongful death lawsuit against Husel and Mount Carmel.

    Jan. 16, 2019: Troy Allison's family files a third wrongful death lawsuit against Husel and Mount Carmel.

    Mid-January, 2019: The Ohio Department of Health launches an investigation into Mount Carmel, on behalf of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Jan. 22, 2019: Jan Thomas' family files a fourth wrongful death lawsuit against Husel and Mount Carmel.

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    https://www.dispatch.com/news/201901...-investigation

    Update 7 more victims families come forward against Dr Husel over wrongful death allegations and an ongoing lawsuit.

    Mount Carmel Health System’s investigation into a former intensive-care doctor has revealed that seven additional near-death hospital patients received excessive doses of painkillers, administrators told The Dispatch on Thursday.

    That brings the total number of patients to 34, and Mount Carmel’s top executive said in a statement that the system anticipates more might be discovered.

    Three of the patients were overdosed after the system received its first formal complaint about Dr. William Husel on Oct. 25, said Ed Lamb, president and CEO.

    The fact that three patients received potentially fatal doses after the health system was alerted to a possible problem was “heartbreaking,” said Dr. Dan Roth, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Trinity Health, parent to Mount Carmel.

    “We should have begun a more expedited process to investigate and consider immediate removal of Dr. Husel from patient care,” Lamb’s statement said. “We are sorry for this tragedy, and we will continue to investigate how we responded to this report and whether there is any other information that should have led us to investigate sooner into Dr. Husel’s practices.”

    Roth said Husel’s intentions are unclear but it doesn’t appear that error led to the high doses.

    Husel was removed from providing patient care on Nov. 21 after the health system received two more complaints about the doctor.


    All 34 patients died, and Lamb said the doses given were potentially fatal in 28 of the deaths.

    Husel, 43, of Liberty Township, who is accused of ordering the doses, was fired Dec. 5, and six pharmacists and 14 nurses have been placed on leave.

    Columbus-based Mount Carmel announced the investigation and Husel’s termination last week, saying the overdoses began in 2015.

    Lamb said the investigation reviewed the care of specific patients based on medication records. It is now being expanded to include all patients who died under the care of Husel, who began working for the health system in 2013. It was not clear how many patients that would include.

    The system also is investigating whether families who discontinued lifesaving measures were properly informed about patient conditions, and if excessive doses were ordered when there may have been other options to consider for possible improvement.

    In each of the 34 patients, families had requested that lifesaving measures be stopped, but the amount of painkiller prescribed was beyond what was needed to provide comfort, executives said.

    Families of the initial 27 patients have been notified, and the health system was notifying families of additional families Thursday morning.

    The Franklin County prosecutor’s office and Columbus police are investigating, and the Ohio Department of Health has been investigating on behalf of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Mount Carmel also has notified the state boards that regulate medical, pharmacy and nursing licenses.

    Thirty-three of the patients received care at Mount Carmel West hospital in Franklinton, and one was a patient at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville.

    At least seven of the initial patients have been identified by attorneys who have filed or plan to file lawsuits in their deaths.

    Those named range in age from 39 to 83. Their deaths occurred at Mount Carmel West beginning March 1, 2015. The latest was on Oct. 24, 2018.

    Lawyers have said fentanyl was involved in at least six of the identified cases. Roth said the Mount Carmel investigation showed fentanyl was not the only painkiller used.


    The Trinity Health network, based in Livonia, Michigan, is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and includes 94 hospitals.

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    More details

    The Ohio hospital where a doctor is accused of ordering fatal doses of fentanyl to near-death patients said Thursday that three patients died even after the hospital was initially notified about the physician.

    In addition, officials at the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus said it had found seven more cases in which patients of Dr. William Husel were given "excessive doses of pain medication," bringing the total number of people affected to 34.

    The latest revelations come as the hospital conducts an investigation into how 27 patients treated by Husel in the intensive care unit were apparently given high doses of painkillers before they died, and how he was able to order those doses without being stopped. The hospital said last week that Husel was fired and that it had removed 20 employees from patient care pending further review.

    "These events are heartbreaking. We continue to investigate and learn more about these patients' cases," the health system's president and CEO, Ed Lamb, said in a statement through the hospital. "As we learn more, we will share our findings with each affected family. We are committed to being open and honest about what happened and what we are doing to ensure it never happens again."

    The related patient deaths occurred from 2015 to 2018, officials said. The hospital received a formal report related to Husel on Oct. 25 of last year, but "based on what we learned about that report, we should have begun a more expedited process to investigate and consider immediate removal of Dr. Husel from patient care at that time," it added.

    Husel, 43, was removed on Nov. 21, but the hospital said it is aware of three deaths occurring while he was still working.

    The majority of the patients died at Mount Carmel's primary care hospital known as Mount Carmel West in Columbus, although at least one case occurred at Mount Carmel St. Ann's hospital in Westerville.

    In the newest cases that were reviewed involving patients of Husel's, the hospital system said that in six of them, the patients received "excessive doses that went beyond providing comfort but were likely not the cause of their deaths."

    In the seventh case, however, "one of the patients received an excessive and potentially fatal dose," the hospital said.

    At least four lawsuits have been filed against Husel and the hospital for wrongful death and negligence.

    In one suit, the family of Janet Kavanaugh, 79, said she had received a "lethal dose" of fentanyl — 1,000 micrograms — through her IV. She was pronounced dead 18 minutes later.

    Gerry Leeseberg, a lawyer who filed the suit for Kavanaugh's estate, said she had not consented to being given the high dose of fentanyl, nor was he aware that she had ever previously been given that drug for pain relief.

    Patients who were treated by Husel were taken to the hospital's ICU for a variety of reasons, including respiratory problems or an infection and gallstones, according to the lawsuits. Some of the families said their loved ones were not terminally ill and that they would have questioned the use of medication as part of any end-of-life treatment.

    "We're concerned some of these families were misled into granting a do-not-resuscitate order," Leeseberg said Thursday.

    The Franklin County Prosecutor's Office said it is investigating allegations in the cases along with the Columbus police's homicide unit, but no formal charges have been made.

    NBC News has been unable to reach Husel for comment and it's unclear if he has an attorney. Phone numbers linked to him weren't accepting calls.

    The hospital said it is continuing to investigate whether Husel ordered excessive doses of medication when other options were available and if families who requested that lifesaving measures not be taken were properly informed by staff.

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    Another Update in the Saga

    Ohio’s Attorney General is urging the State Medical Board to immediately suspend the license of fired Mount Carmel doctor William Husel, who is accused of ordering “excessive doses of pain medication" for at least 34 patients.




    Of those patients, 28 were given "potentially fatal" doses of the painkiller fentanyl. All patients subsequently died.

    “It looks like we've got a serial killer on the loose with a medical license and access to fentanyl," Attorney General Dave Yost said in an interview Thursday.

    According to Yost, if the State Medical Board suspends Husel’s license, he will have the right to a hearing within 7-15 days. Yost also requested the Ohio Department of Medicaid terminate Husel’s ability to provide service for Medicaid patients.

    “It’s time to yank his license and let the police do their work," Yost wrote in a press release.

    The State Medical Board previously reported no items on Husel’s disciplinary record, but said that doesn't mean Husel was never investigated.

    Earlier Thursday, Mount Carmel announced it identified seven additional patients who received excessive doses under Husel’s care. The hospital also admitted fault for failing to act promptly, and said at least three patients died between the time it received a formal report about Husel’s behavior and when it removed him from patient care duty.

    "Based on what we learned about that report, we should have begun a more expedited process to investigate and consider immediate removal of Dr. Husel from patient care at that time," the hospital said.

    Timeline: The Mount Carmel Scandal So Far

    Husel was suspended on Nov. 21, 2018 and fired on December 5. Mount Carmel publicly announced Husel’s firing on January 14. Since then, multiple wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against Husel and the hospital by families of patients. The families allege they were not consulted about Husel's plan to order fentanyl, and accuse the hospital of negligence.

    "A loved one is hanging by a thread and just barely clinging to life and a doctor comes and scissors off that thread with a fentanyl overdose," Yost said in an interview. "I just can't imagine what they're dealing with."

    Attorney Gerald Leeseberg announced Thursday afternoon that two more lawsuits will be filed against Husel and Mount Carmel, bringing the total number of suits to six.

    The Ohio Department of Health is currently investigating Mount Carmel on behalf of the federal Center For Medicare And Medicaid Services.

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    And now Criminal Charges are coming into play for the Doctor in the center of the Wrongful death allegations as more victims file lawsuits against Dr. Husel and Mt Carmel Hospital

    An attorney handling several civil lawsuits said Thursday that he expects criminal charges will be filed against a Mount Carmel Health System doctor accused of ordering potentially lethal amounts of painkiller for near-death patients.

    Attorney Gerald Leeseberg said at a news conference that his communication with Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, who is investigating the case, leads him to believe charges would be homicide-related. O’Brien didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

    Leeseberg also said he intends to file two more lawsuits, including one on behalf of the family of JoAnne Bellisari, a 71-year-old auxiliary nun, who, he said, died on May 10, 2015 after being given an excessive amount of fentanyl.

    The announcement was made the same day that Mount Carmel administrators told The Dispatch that their investigation into Dr. William Husel, who worked in intensive care, has revealed that the number of patients given excessive doses of pain medications has risen to 34. Twenty-eight of those doses were potentially fatal.

    All the patients died.

    Numbers are expected to grow as the investigation expands, said Dr. Dan Roth, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Trinity Health, parent to Mount Carmel.

    The Columbus-based health system also revealed Thursday that three of the initially identified patients were overdosed after administrators received the first formal complaint about Husel on Oct. 25.

    Roth said it was “heartbreaking” to learn that these patients received the doses after administrators were alerted to a possible problem, Dan Roth said.

    “We should have begun a more expedited process to investigate and consider immediate removal of Dr. Husel from patient care,” Ed Lamb, Mount Carmel’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are sorry for this tragedy, and we will continue to investigate how we responded to this report and whether there is any other information that should have led us to investigate sooner into Dr. Husel’s practices.”

    Husel was removed from providing patient care on Nov. 21 after the health system received two more complaints about the doctor.

    Roth said Husel’s intentions are unclear but that it doesn’t appear that error led to the high doses.

    Along with O’Brien, Columbus police are investigating, and the Ohio Department of Health has been investigating on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Thursday called on the State Medical Board of Ohio to immediately suspend Husel’s license and asked the Ohio Department of Medicaid to terminate the doctor’s ability to provide services to Medicaid patients. He also offered to help in an investigation being conducted by the Franklin County prosecutor’s office.

    Mount Carmel said it has notified the Medical Board, as well as the state boards that regulate pharmacy and nursing licenses, of its investigation in December.

    A board spokeswoman said she could not disclose investigative information.

    Husel, 43, of Liberty Township, was fired Dec. 5, and six pharmacists and 14 nurses have been placed on leave.

    Mount Carmel announced the investigation and Husel’s termination last week, saying the first overdose was in 2015.

    Executives said the investigation had reviewed the care of specific patients based on medication records. It is now being expanded to include all patients who died under the care of Husel, who began working for the health system in 2013. It was not clear how many patients that would include.


    In each of the 34 patients, families had requested that lifesaving measures be stopped, but the amount of painkiller prescribed was beyond what was needed to provide comfort, executives said.

    The system is investigating whether those families were properly informed about patient conditions when they decided to remove care, and if excessive doses were ordered when there may have been other options for possible improvement.

    Families of the initial 27 patients have been notified, and the health system was notifying families of additional patients on Thursday.

    Thirty-three of the patients received care at Mount Carmel West hospital in Franklinton, and one was a patient at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville.

    At least eight patients have been identified by attorneys who have filed or plan to file lawsuits in their deaths.

    Those named range in age from 39 to 83. Their deaths occurred at Mount Carmel West beginning March 1, 2015. The latest was on Oct. 24, 2018.

    Lawyers have said fentanyl was involved in at least six of the identified cases. Roth said the Mount Carmel investigation showed fentanyl was not the only painkiller used.


    The Trinity Health network, based in Livonia, Michigan, is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and includes 94 hospitals.

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    https://fox8.com/2019/01/25/2-more-l...-for-patients/

    2 more victims file lawsuits against William Husel and Mt Carmel Hospital over wrongful death allegations


    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Two more lawsuits are alleging hospital patients were negligently or intentionally given lethal doses of pain medicine ordered by an Ohio doctor without the families’ knowledge.

    The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System says Dr. William Husel ordered excessive doses for at least 34 patients over several years. It fired Husel, notified authorities and put six pharmacists and 14 nurses on leave pending investigation.

    Husel’s lawyers aren’t commenting.

    He and the hospital face at least six wrongful-death lawsuits, including the two filed Friday over the deaths of 69-year-old Joanne Bellisari in May 2015 and 80-year-old Jim Allen in May 2018.

    Mount Carmel initially said the affected patients were near death. It now says it’s investigating whether some got potentially fatal dosages when they still had an opportunity to improve with treatment.

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    https://www.10tv.com/article/state-s...-accused-fatal

    The Scandal gets crazier


    tate suspends provider agreement, medical license of Mount Carmel doctor accused of fatal overdoses
    State suspends provider agreement, medical license of Mount Carmel doctor accused of fatal overdoses 10 INVESTIGATES
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    PUBLISHED: 01/25/19 11:22 AM ESTUPDATED: 19 MINUTES AGO
    COLUMBUS (WBNS) – The Ohio Department of Medicaid has suspended the provider agreement of Dr. William Husel after it found a credible allegation of fraud.

    Spokesman Tom Betti told 10 Investigates that the alleged fraud involved providing “medically unnecessary services involving grossly inappropriate doses of fentanyl.”


    Betti says the Ohio Department of Medicaid also referred these allegations to the Ohio Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

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    “The health and safety of all Ohioans, and the integrity of the Medicaid program, are paramount. As a result of the suspension the person in question is prohibited by law from serving individuals that rely on our program,” the department said in a statement.

    The state medical board also voted Friday to suspend the medical license of Dr. William Husel – a former Mount Carmel anesthesiologist accused of ordering that excessive and potentially fatal doses be given to 34 patients.

    The board said the Husel met with representatives from the board on January 22 and asserted his Fifth Amendment rights when asked certain questions.

    The board ruled that “your continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.”

    10 Investigates has confirmed that the board has been weighing evidence against Husel for some time even though Attorney General Dave Yost called on the board to act quickly Thursday.

    “It looks like we’ve got a killer with a medical license and access to fentanyl on the loose,” Yost told 10 Investigates Thursday. “I think a quick and necessary step is to yank his license to practice medicine.”

    When asked by 10 Investigates if Yost was aware that the medical board had been considering action against Husel or if he was simply reminding them that it needs to happen, Yost said:

    “This is our client. So I’m not free to talk about our conversations with our client or our staff’s conversations,” Yost said. “You may assume, however, that there have been ongoing conversations.”

    Husel has not been charged with a crime but the hospital did fire him in December and removed 20 caregivers – including 14 nurses and 6 pharmacists – from direct patient care. Husel and his attorneys have declined to comment.

    His attorney has not responded to emailed questions seeking comment this week.

    Six wrongful death lawsuits have accused Dr. Husel of ordering “grossly inappropriate” amounts of fentanyl that attorneys argue hastened the deaths of these patients. Mount Carmel West Hospital, along with pharmacists and nurses, have also been named in the lawsuits – accused of helping to approve or administered the lethal doses of the powerful painkiller.

    Ed Lamb, the president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System, has admitted that the hospital’s internal system of checks and balances failed. The hospital has released two video statements addressing the scandal.

    The first was sent out to the public and reporters on January 14.

    “We believe in helping patients who were near death die peacefully and naturally. The action instigated by this doctor were unacceptable and inconsistent with the values and practices of Mount Carmel,” Lamb said in the first video statement.

    A second video statement – obtained exclusively by 10 Investigates – was sent out to Mount Carmel’s 11,000 employees.

    “Sadly, our investigation revealed that some of our colleagues did not meet our standard of care. The actions that created this tragedy were instigated by this physician and carried out by a small number of good people who made poor decisions. They ignored the safe guards we have in place.

    “Our culture of safety means that unintentional human error is not punished. Instead, we use those occasions to learn and become better. And we will. At the same time we can’t disregard colleagues ignoring policies and putting our patients’ safety at risk,” Lamb said in the video obtained by 10 Investigates. “We want you to be as transparent as possible and there may be some details we just simply can’t share. Please trust that we are doing the right things to keep our patients safe.”

    On Thursday, Mount Carmel West released an updated statement that acknowledged the number of patients impacted by the scandal has grown to 34 – up from 27.

    One of the newly identified patients died from an overdose of fentanyl. Six others, the hospital said, received amounts of medications that “went beyond providing comfort” but likely did not contribute to their deaths, the statement read.

    The hospital also admitted something else – that it failed to act quickly to remove Dr. Husel from patient care.

    Three patients died between Oct. 25, 2018 when the hospital was first made aware of allegations against Husel in a “formal report” but did not remove him from patient care until Nov. 21, 2018.

    In its updated statement, the hospital said:

    “…We should have begun a more expedited process to investigate and consider immediate removal of Dr. Husel from patient care at that time. Dr. Husel was removed from patient care on November 21, 2018. We are aware of three patients who died between October 25 and November 21 after receiving excessive and potentially fatal doses of medication ordered by Dr. Husel. We are sorry for this tragedy, and we will continue to investigate how we responded to this report and whether there is any other information that should have led us to investigate sooner into Dr. Husel’s practices.”

    Attorney Gerry Leeseberg represents families of 12 of the patients and said he has met with additional families who are considering legal action.

    Leeseberg told reporters Thursday: “Some of the information we are hearing from the families and seeing in the medical records does not support the idea that all of these patients were grave and their deaths were imminent.”

    The hospital acknowledged in its updated statement that “We are investigating whether Dr. Husel ordered excessive doses of medication when there was still opportunity to explore if there were reversible causes of patients’ immediate conditions.”

    10 Investigates has also learned that several of these patients were on ventilators and are believed to have been given high doses of fentanyl while the ventilators were being removed. Leeseberg alleged on Thursday that Husel was bypassing hospital’s protocols by declaring emergencies – which typically involved pharmacy approval for medications during the removal of ventilators.

    “It’s our understanding Dr. Husel was claiming emergencies as an exception that would allow inappropriate doses to be administered or be ordered without some question. Why is no one conducting an audit to verify that these so-called emergencies were actual emergencies?” Leeseberg said.

    10 Investigates has confirmed that among the changes in hospital policy in wake of the scandal includes a new policy that nurses and doctors to have pharmacy approval before using or increasing medications during the removal of ventilators.

    Statement from Attorney General Dave Yost:

    “We are proud of the actions taken today by the State of Ohio Medical Board to summarily suspend the medical license of Dr. William Husel, O.D.,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “As their counsel, we stand ready to defend the actions the Board has taken today.”

    Eight of the 34 patients have been identified by their attorneys. They are:

    - Janet Kavanaugh, 79

    - Bonnie Austin, 64

    - Troy Allison, 44

    - Joanne Bellisari, 71

    - Jim Allen, 80

    - James Nickolas Timmons, 39

    - Thelma Kyer, 83

    - Jan Thomas, 65

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    Quote Originally Posted by blighted star View Post
    It's weird that there were so many staff members involved. When Harold Shipman did it he only got away with it as long as he did because he limited the involvement of other medical personnel
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman

    I just read stuff on Shipman and in that case he killed 250 people over a 23 year period.

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    But in the Case of Dr. Husel the death numbers are still being investigated as of 2019.

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    http://www.wcbe.org/post/medical-boa...patient-deaths

    Another investigation on Husel

    The Ohio Medical Board has suspended the license of a doctor accused of ordering excessive doses of fentanly for dozens of Mount Carmel West hospital patients without their families' knowledge.

    The board says William Husel invoked his right against self-incrimination when its representatives asked whether he purposefully ordered excessive doses to end patients' lives. The allegations are under investigation by Mount Carmel Health System, local authorities, and state officials acting on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Husel was fired, but no charges have been announced. His attorneys aren't commenting. Mount Carmel says it's investigating whether patients got lethal doses when they still might have had opportunity to improve with treatment. It publicly apologized and put 20 pharmacists and nurses on leave pending investigation.
    Now 20 Pharmacists and nurses are on leave due to investigation.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mount-c...rdoses-deaths/

    License is suspended as investigation continues.

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    https://fox8.com/2019/01/29/more-sta...hs-drug-doses/

    An update more staff members at Mt. Carmel Hospital are on leave over the death allegations.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— An Ohio hospital has put more employees, including managers, on leave amid allegations that an intensive-care doctor ordered potentially fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients.

    Mount Carmel Health System says Tuesday that 23 staff members are on leave pending further investigation of claims centered on Mount Carmel West hospital in Columbus.

    It earlier announced six pharmacists and 14 nurses were on leave. The doctor, William Husel, was fired in December.

    Mount Carmel says the doctor ordered excessive doses for at least 34 patients over several years.

    That has raised questions about whether drugs were used to hasten deaths intentionally or illegally without patients’ families knowing, and whether pharmacists and nurses ignored existing safeguards.

    Husel’s lawyers aren’t commenting.

    Mount Carmel has apologized and is investigating, as are police.

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    https://www.10tv.com/article/eight-w...-carmel-health

    An 8th lawsuit has been filed on Dr. William Husel.

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    https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-new...ion/1737980647

    More people under investigation over the disaster.

    COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- Three additional employees of Mount Carmel Health System have been suspended amid the ongoing investigation into potentially lethal doses of pain medication given to patients in the intensive care unit.

    Spokeswoman Samantha Irons said in a statement, “We have now placed 23 colleagues on administrative leave, including members of the management team.”

    The Health System had earlier announced that Dr. William Husel had been fired. Dr. Husel is accused of ordering excessive doses of pain medication for at least 34 patients. Mount Carmel says 28 of those cases involved potentially fatal doses. All but one of the patients were at Mount Carmel West Hospital. The one other case was at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s in Westerville. All of the patients are dead.

    Irons said the investigation is ongoing, “We continue to investigate whether there is any other information that should have led us to investigate sooner into Dr. Husel’s practices.”

    Eight lawsuits have been filed in the past two weeks by families of patients who died.

    That includes the family of Jan Thomas who was given 800 micrograms of fentanyl at the direction of Dr. Husel. Thomas died about 30 minutes later.

    Chris Thomas said Tuesday that learning his mother did not necessarily die naturally has ripped open the wound again. “The circumstances have obviously changed,” Thomas said. “My mom didn’t actually pass, she was murdered, so it really hurts a lot more.”

    Thomas described his mother as “the greatest person on earth.” Her death on March 1, 2015, is the earliest case of those publicly identified so far.

    “I don’t know if my mom was the first, there may be more out there but the fact is that I felt my mom was the guinea pig... the crash test dummy and had they had measures in place there, 33 families would not have to share my pain,” Thomas said. “I really, really feel bad for the other families to the point where I almost feel guilty because my mom started this and it should have ended there too.”

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    https://www.dispatch.com/news/201901...mplicated-past

    Update on the William Husel background

    The Dispatch has started to piece together glimpses of Dr. William Husel’s past that include his glory days as a high school basketball star in Cleveland, legal trouble for detonating a pipe bomb at a small Catholic university in West Virginia, his interaction with nurses at the hospital and two marriages that ended in divorce.

    He has been thrust into the national spotlight and is the subject of a sweeping criminal investigation into dozens of deaths.

    He has not answered inquiries from police, has evaded reporters and invoked his Fifth Amendment right against incrimination when questioned by investigators from the state medical board.

    Dr. William Husel has been a mystery since being fired from his job and accused by Mount Carmel Health System of ordering excessive doses of pain medication for 34 patients. All of the patients died, but the health system does not believe the drugs caused six of the deaths.

    The Dispatch has started to piece together glimpses of Husel’s past that include his glory days as a high school basketball star in Cleveland, legal trouble for detonating a pipe bomb at a small Catholic university in West Virginia, his interaction with nurses at the hospital and two marriages that ended in divorce.

    Few people who know Husel have been willing to talk about him, and his attorney, Jim McGovern, did not return a call seeking comment for this story.

    “Many of us are very sad for Billy and wondering what happened in that hospital and what his motives were,” said Brian Becker, Husel’s varsity basketball coach at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. “He has always portrayed himself in a positive light in our community, and that’s why it’s such a hard thing to wrap your head around. There are two sides to every story, and hopefully we get to hear from Billy.”

    Husel, now 43, was a captain on the St. Ignatius basketball team his senior year and graduated in 1994. He soon found himself in trouble after enrolling at what was then Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia.



    Husel pleaded guilty in 1996 to a federal misdemeanor charge after he stored a pipe bomb in a dorm room, a device he later used to blow up a trash can near a health and recreation center on the private school’s Wheeling campus.

    Husel tried to frame another person for the crime by planting bomb-making materials in that person’s car, according to U.S. District Court documents filed in the 23-year-old case.

    Decades later, a nurse who worked with him at Mount Carmel West hospital described him this week as even-keeled, someone who would be able to calmly direct staff members even if the hospital burned down.

    The nurse, a former Mount Carmel employee, said Husel was generally respected and popular, but that she heard doctors express frustration and concern among staff members over the dosages Husel was ordering for sedatives and paralytics. She and other nurses, she said, had made a verbal, informal complaint about the same issue to leaders in the unit.

    “I have no explanation for what has occurred as far as what we’re hearing ... But I feel like something about him has changed because he, to my knowledge, he didn’t do that when I worked there, as far as overprescribing 20 times the normal dose of fentanyl,” said the nurse, who asked that her name not be published for fear that her career could suffer if she is linked with Mount Carmel or that she could face retaliation.

    In the pipe bomb case, it took federal investigators nearly two years to charge Husel in the Nov. 9, 1994, incident. Court records show that another man was charged in connection with the case in 1995 and appeared to be cooperating with investigators. That man also pleaded guilty.

    Husel was originally indicted in June 1996 on three charges that included malicious damage by means of explosive device, possession of an unregistered explosive device and unlawful making of an explosive device. He pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of improperly storing explosive materials and was sentenced to serve six months in a community confinement center, followed by one year of supervision. Court records don’t indicate if that time was served.

    Husel eventually moved to Ohio State University, where he graduated in 2000 with a degree in microbiology.

    He graduated in 2008 from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (now called the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, with campuses in Athens, Cleveland and Dublin).

    From 2008 to 2013, Husel completed medical training, including an internship/residency and a fellowship in critical care at the Cleveland Clinic. A preliminary review of his medication-prescribing history there has turned up no concerns, clinic officials have said.

    He began working for Mount Carmel in 2013, serving as an intensive-care doctor, primarily at Mount Carmel West. He was removed from treating patients on Nov. 21 and fired Dec. 5.

    The nurse who worked with Husel said she liked to share shifts with him because he would explain issues such as why he prescribed certain medications, the settings on a breathing machine or the physiology behind new tactics he tried to stabilize patients.

    “He’s highly intelligent, and he likes to educate,” said the nurse.

    She said she’s been told that the initial complaint on Husel was related to his angry reaction when nurses said they could not administer a medication that most nurses are not qualified to administer.

    The highest fentanyl dose she remembers giving under his order was 200 micrograms, which gave her pause, but she administered it after reviewing the patient chart and seeing that such a dose would not be unusual.


    If a doctor had ordered doses of 1,000 micrograms, as has been reported by lawyers representing some patient families, she said, “I would think ‘Have you lost your mind?’ Did you mistype a zero?’”

    “I wouldn’t ever give it, because I know I’d kill them,” she said.

    Husel, she said, was regarded as a “cool, muscled, good-looking” doctor from the Cleveland Clinic who drew a core group of buddies.

    “I thought he’s just full of himself because he’s intelligent and good looking and fit, but I never got ‘God complex’ from him,” she said, noting that he wore scrubs that showed off his upper arms, where he had a tattoo.

    Husel has been divorced twice and had no children with either woman. The first marriage aligns with part of the time he would have been working in Cleveland.

    The file in Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court shows the two were married in a Clark County courthouse in Las Vegas on Aug. 9, 2005. He was 29 at the time; she was 24.

    William Husel filed an original complaint for divorce in April 2008, citing “incompatibility.” The complaint was dismissed that September. On July 16, 2012, the Husels filed a joint petition for dissolution. A final agreement reached that September shows Husel had to pay his ex-wife’s tuition, insurance and other expenses while she was a student.


    In September 2013, Husel married a woman who is a registered nurse in Ohio.

    That marriage was dissolved in Franklin County in April 2016. Records show the couple divided their properties, with his ex-wife keeping a home that she owned in Cleveland, as well as one in Dublin. Husel kept the property where he currently lives, in Liberty Township outside of Dublin.

    Becker, who stayed in touch with Husel up until the past five years, said he remembers Husel as a good student and an excellent basketball player. He said at times Husel’s quick wit and brashness would frustrate people, but overall his legacy in the St. Ignatius community is a good one and includes being charitable and dedicating his time to his alma matter.

    “As a teacher and a coach, you want to be compassionate,” Becker said. “But when they leave here you never know what path they are going to take or what they will become.”
    Damn The doctor in the investigation was accused of being a terrorist

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