William Husel

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William Husel, a former doctor at Mount Carmel Health System, is accused of giving "excessive" and "potentially fatal" doses of fentanyl to dozens of patients, all of whom subsequently died. Husel was fired from the hospital in December 2018, and several families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against Husel and the hospital. He faces 25 counts of murder, with a trial set for June 2020.

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If you are a Mount Carmel staffer who has information to share or you believe your loved one or family member was impacted by this case, contact WOSU at paige.pfleger@wosu.org.

Defense attorney Jose Baez, right, talks to fired doctor William Husel during a court hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Lawyers for former Mount Carmel doctor William Husel filed a motion on Tuesday to dismiss the murder charges brought against him.

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
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A hearing examiner has recommended the Ohio Board of Nursing take disciplinary action against two former Mount Carmel West nurses involved in the case of William Husel.

Murder Trial Delayed For William Husel

Mar 31, 2020
Defense attorney Jose Baez, right, talks to fired doctor William Husel during a court hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
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The murder trial of fired Mount Carmel doctor William Husel, who's accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients, will be delayed due to coronavirus concerns.

A banner at the Mount Carmel West campus in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
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Mount Carmel Health System has named Lorraine Lutton as its next CEO. She takes over at a pivotal time for the Columbus-based hospital network, which is battling state scrutiny and dozens of lawsuits over the dosing practices of fired doctor William Husel.

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
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Mount Carmel Health System has settled with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy for nearly $480,000 following an investigation into dosing practices and fired doctor William Husel.

A banner at the Mount Carmel West campus in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
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Attorneys have started taking expert testimony for disciplinary cases against nurses who worked at Mount Carmel West hospital that concluded excessive painkillers were given to dozens of its patients who died. 

Fired doctor William Husel, third from left, leaves court with his new attorneys, Jose Baez, far left, and Diane Menashe, far right, and others following a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
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A federal judge has denied William Husel’s attempt to force his former employer’s parent company to cover the legal costs of his criminal defense.

A banner at the Mount Carmel West campus in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Former Mount Carmel employees and fired doctor William Husel have filed lawsuits against the hospital system over the last few weeks. In an exclusive interview with WOSU, three nurses defend their actions – and Husel’s – in providing what the hospital called "excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medications to patients. 

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
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Fired doctor William Husel filed a lawsuit this week against Mount Carmel Health System, claiming that he has "suffered perhaps the most egregious case of defamation in Ohio's recent history."

William Husel appears at a Franklin County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. He's charged with 25 counts of murder.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Ten former Mount Carmel employees are bringing a lawsuit against the hospital system, in which they back fired doctor William Husel. 

Defense attorney Jose Baez, right, talks to fired doctor William Husel during a court hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
Kantele Franko / Associated Press

William Husel has been unsuccessful in his latest bid to pause more than a dozen lawsuits over the deaths of patients at Mount Carmel Health System.

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Administrative hearings are planned for an Ohio hospital system and three pharmacists facing possible discipline over excessive painkillers ordered by a doctor now charged with murder in 25 patient deaths.

Fired doctor William Husel, third from left, leaves court with his new attorneys, Jose Baez, far left, and Diane Menashe, far right, and others following a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
Kantele Franko / Associated Press

The lawyer for William Husel has filed a motion for the former Mount Carmel doctor to leave the state.

William Husel Sues Trinity Health To Cover His Legal Costs

Aug 30, 2019
Fired doctor William Husel, third from left, leaves court with his new attorneys, Jose Baez, far left, and Diane Menashe, far right, and others following a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
Kantele Franko / Associated Press

The Ohio doctor charged with murder in the deaths of 25 hospital patients is suing his former employer's parent company for not covering his criminal defense costs, as it has in dozens of related civil cases.

William Husel Trial Set For June 2020

Aug 28, 2019
Defense attorney Jose Baez, right, talks to fired doctor William Husel during a court hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
Kantele Franko / Associated Press

The Ohio doctor charged with 25 counts of murder is now scheduled for trial next June and has two new lawyers, including one known for successfully defending high-profile clients such as Casey Anthony and Aaron Hernandez.

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