Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, has received the green light to resume its live-donor, adult liver-transplant program, which was shut down one year ago after a donor died. In a letter dated March 21, the state health department said a recent survey had found the hospital in "substantial compliance" with state code and that all legal enforcement actions against the hospital had been satisfactorily resolved. A Mount Sinai spokesman said the hospital had not yet received the formal notification but was prepared to begin surgeries immediately. One year ago, state health officials slapped the hospital with a $48,000 fine for 18 deficiencies in the postoperative care of a patient who died, saying the care was "fragmented at best and entrusted to individuals who although qualified were unable to provide the level of attention necessary." Among other violations, a first-year surgical resident was left alone for three hours to care for 34 patients, investigators said. Since the program was suspended, the hospital has continued to do cadavaric liver transplants and also live adult to pediatric transplants. The hospital performed 179 live liver donor transplants since starting the program in 1993, the spokesman said. -- by Cinda Becker
Mount Sinai liver program gets OK to resume
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