The chief executive officer of 216-bed Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, and two officials in charge of its laboratory have resigned in the midst of a scandal over quality controls in the laboratory and the accuracy of HIV and hepatitis C test results. A successor for hospital President and CEO Timothy Miller has not been announced. Also resigning were Philip Whelan, the hospital's department of pathology and lab director, and James Stewart, the lab's administrative director. Miller said, "My resignation is necessary in order to help the hospital move forward in restoring the full faith and confidence of the entire community in the institution." The hospital, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical System, has acknowledged sending out hundreds of flawed HIV and hepatitis C lab results between June 2002 and August 2003 and is urging patients seen during that period to return for new tests. Last month hospital officials said they would ask the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the reliability of an automated blood analyzer used by the laboratory. "Such shortcomings are not acceptable to Maryland General or the University of Maryland Medical System," said Edmond Notebaert, president and CEO of the system. -- by Tony Fong
Md. hospital CEO, lab officials resign amid scandal
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