DHHS Investigates Administrative Concerns At Children's

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services investigated complaints of regulatory violations at Children's Hospital in December and officials said Wednesday it found no such evidence. 

"These sorts of visits are standard procedure whenever DHHS receives a complaint," according to a response from the Children's Hospital board of directors. "While this investigation relates to ongoing litigation, please note that it was conducted and concluded prior to the lawsuit being filed."

Two former Children's surgeons filed a lawsuit alleging that a 7-month-old died during an operation performed by another surgeon.

The attorney for the two surgeons say their privileges were suspended and that they were forced to resign after they raised concerns about the child’s death and the other doctor. 

A letter from DHHS to Children's Hospital and Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Richard Azizkhan outlined complaints of failure to ensure medical staff doctors provided quality care to patients, adherence to medical staff bylaws and medical staff privileges.

"None of these allegations were substantiated," the letter states.  The board response also stated that it is "engaging experts from The Greely Company 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."

That review is expected to take place over the next few months, the board response states. 



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