ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle are investigating troubles at Baylor St. Luke’s in Houston, an illustrious heart program that has recently had some of the worst outcomes in the country.
Officials said they found no “systemic issues” in the care of two patients who died last month, but that they are making staffing and policy changes to improve the program.
“I sort of feel like we’ve been left in the dark,” says one patient’s wife, who learned from a reporter — and not the Houston hospital — about the program’s temporary suspension. An expert says it will likely take much longer than 14 days to fix.
The move comes two weeks after ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle reported on pervasive problems in the historic heart program.
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Baylor St. Luke’s in Houston was known for handling complex heart transplants. But when Travis Hogan was a patient there, he didn’t know that the program was undergoing a series of dramatic changes. He never got his heart.
ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle investigate troubles at Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, where an illustrious heart program has recently had some of the worst outcomes in the country.