Two top executives will leave their posts at Mount Carmel Health System and 23 employees are being fired in an investigation into a physician accused of ordering excessive and potentially fatal doses of painkillers for ICU patients.

President and CEO Ed Lamb said Thursday that he will resign July 25 and that Dr. Richard Streck, chief clinical operations officer, will retire at the end of September.

The 23 employees losing their jobs include 5 members of physician, nursing and pharmacy management teams.

The announcement comes about six months after Mount Carmel first revealed findings of an investigation into Dr. William Husel.

The investigation eventually showed that Husel ordered 35 seriously ill intensive-care patients high doses of painkillers at two hospitals over about four years.

The 43-year-old Husel, of Liberty Township near Dublin, has been charged in Franklin County Common Pleas Court with 25 counts of murder. He has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer has said the physician was providing comfort care to end-of-life patients and did not intend to kill anyone.

 

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