New Jersey hospital CEO resigns amid furor over bacterial outbreak: 6 things to know

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Newark, N.J.-based University Hospital CEO John N. Kastanis resigned, effective Dec. 14, according to

Here are six things to know:

1. Mr. Kastanis' departure comes on the heels of three deaths in its neonatal intensive care unit.

2. Since Oct. 1, the hospital reported four cases of Acinetobacter baumannii bacterial infection in the NICU.

3. An infant, who had contracted the infection while staying in the NICU, died at the end of September. The New Jersey Department of Health investigated the hospital following the death and found "major infection control deficiencies." The health department created a correction plan for the hospital.

2. Another two of the infants who had contracted A. baumannii died in November.

3. The final cause of death for all three infants has not been determined, according to

4. On Nov. 27, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka called for Mr. Kastanis' removal, stating that the hospital needs "a new president/CEO with a history of sensitivity to community."

5. Mr. Kastanis became CEO of the public hospital in March 2016.

6. He was previously president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Temple University Hospital.

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