Kaiser hospital admin steps down

The administrator at Kaiser Permanente's Fresno hospital stepped down yesterday, days after CMS issued a report highly critical of the way her administration handled the issue of a rogue perinatologist implicated in two infant deaths. The CMS report, issued last week, suggested that if the hospital had done more to supervise Dr. Hamid Safari, a perinatologist accused of gross negligence by the state medical board, the two infant deaths attributed to to Dr. Safari might not have taken place. The administrator, Susan Ryan, had originally responded to the CMS report by defending the hospital's quality oversight, and said that it had taken appropriate steps to supervise Dr. Safari.

To learn more about this issue:
- read this Los Angeles Times piece

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