Heart Institute: Update on new team members
We would like to share important news about the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute and the steps we have taken to rebuild the Institute and your trust in our heart surgery program.
Last year, we invited a team of national experts in pediatric heart programs, led by Dr. Bill Greeley, to evaluate all elements of the Heart Institute from a clinical perspective and make recommendations on the resources and timeline needed to restart the program with a commitment to safety and excellence. Over the summer, the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees endorsed the team’s recommendations. After a national search, Dr. James Quintessenza was invited to return to the hospital as co-director of the Heart Institute.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Quintessenza has continually set the bar for delivering exceptional care. He is one of the country’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons. For 26 years he served at All Children’s Hospital, including 19 years as medical director and chief of pediatric cardiac surgery. Most recently, since 2016, he served as chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital and held a faculty appointment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
In addition, Dr. Greeley will serve as the Heart Institute’s deputy director through the transition and restart period. His 35 years of experience as a physician executive includes developing well-respected heart centers at Duke Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Eric Ceithaml, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, has also joined the Heart Institute team. Previously he was a congenital heart surgeon and surgical director of the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville.
Dr. Bevin Weeks joined the hospital in January to lead the fetal cardiology program. Most recently, she was division chief of the UF Health pediatric cardiology program and vice chair of the department of pediatrics at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola.
We will be working to complete the recruitment of a pediatric cardiologist to serve as co-director of the Heart Institute with Dr. Quintessenza and lead our strong cardiology team. These are important first steps in a phased process to rebuild the Heart Institute. We plan to gradually resume performing cardiac surgery in the coming months, taking whatever time is necessary to do this right and do it safely.
We are confident that with Dr. Quintessenza and Dr. Greeley’s leadership and the expertise of our entire team, we will build a pediatric cardiac program that provides expert care to our patients and families.
Gibson Dunn Recommendations
In December 2018, following a series of Tampa Bay Times articles concerning serious incidents involving the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Heart Institute, the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine established a Special Committee to review potential deficiencies that may have contributed to these incidents and to develop recommendations to address and correct any deficiencies. The Special Committee retained Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP to undertake an external review to identify deficiencies at JHACH and JHHS and to make recommendations in connection with its observations to assist the Special Committee in carrying out its mandate.
Read the Recommendations