23 Mount Carmel employees placed on leave amid patient death investigations

Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System officials said 23 employees, including management team members, are on administrative leave as the system investigates allegations that a physician ordered fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients, Fox-affiliate TV station WTTE reports.

In earlier statements, hospital officials said pharmacists and nurses had been placed on leave.

Thirty-four patients have been identified as receiving potentially fatal doses of fentanyl ordered by William Husel, MD.

The hospital started investigating Dr. Husel after receiving a complaint last October. He was fired in December, and the state medical board suspended his license Jan. 25.

Hospital officials started notifying families of patients involved in late December. Several wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against the hospital, Dr. Husel and other health system staff.

Columbus police and the Franklin County prosecutor's office are also investigating Dr. Husel.

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