Nebraska children's hospital cleared of allegations of poor quality

Health officials cleared Omaha, Neb.-based Children's Hospital & Medical Center of several allegations raised against the facility in late 2018, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services investigated the hospital between Dec. 27, 2018, and Jan. 3, 2019, according to WOWT. In a letter sent to Children's President and CEO Richard Azizkhan, MD, the health department listed the following allegations as unsubstantiated:

  • The hospital failed to ensure staff physicians provided quality care
  • The hospital didn't take appropriate action when a physician broke medical staff bylaws
  • The hospital incorrectly managed medical staff privileges

The investigation's findings come after two surgeons filed a lawsuit against the hospital Jan. 4, alleging they were wrongly suspended after reporting concerns about another surgeon's competency. The hospital denies these allegations.

The Omaha World-Herald reported it's not clear whether the cleared allegations, which first came to light in a December 2018 complaint, address all the claims raised in the lawsuit.

In a statement cited by the Omaha World-Herald, Children's board of directors said it hired a hospital consulting firm to "conduct an independent review of Children's policies and the application of those policies in the areas of quality of care and patient safety."

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