Modern Healthcare has learned Colene Daniel has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Maryland General Hospital, the 216-bed Baltimore hospital whose laboratory has been caught in a scandal regarding possibly invalid HIV and hepatitis C test results. Earlier this year, Maryland General had to retest 460 patients who were given possibly incorrect test results. In the wake of the scandal, Timothy Miller resigned as president and CEO of the hospital. Two other officials also resigned. The problems have prompted Congressional hearings looking into possible reform of the laboratory accreditation process. In total, the hospital has retested more than 1,200 patients who were originally tested from June 2002 to August 2003, the period during which the questionable tests were administered. More than 99% of the original results have been affirmed, the hospital said. The hospital would not confirm or deny Daniel's appointment. -- by Tony Fong
Editor's note: Spelling of Colene Daniel's name corrected Aug. 26, 2 p.m.