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.

Mount Carmel West And The Standards Of Patient Care

Jan 22, 2019
The main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

Mount Carmel West hospital has identified 27 patients who were given excessive doses of pain medication between 2015 and 2018.

All of the patients were near death, their families had requested doctors stop lifesaving measures, and their doctor was William Husel.

Today on All Sides, the standards of care and physician patient relationships.

The main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

State health officials are joining the investigation into Mount Carmel Health System after a doctor was fired for giving 27 people an excessive dose of the pain medication fentanyl.

Christine Allison talks about her late husband Troy, next to lawyer Craig Tuttle.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Christine Allison remembers calling emergency services for her husband Troy, who was having trouble breathing.

David Austin filed a lawsuit against Mount Carmel and Dr. William Husel, alleging his wife Bonnie was given an excessive amount of fentanyl.
Clare Roth / WOSU

David Austin took his wife Bonnie, who was having difficulty breathing, to Mount Carmel West hospital on Sept. 30, 2018. Within hours, Bonnie was dead.

The main entrance to Mount Carmel West Hospital is shown Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

Janet Kavanaugh was 79 years old and near death when she was transferred from an assisted care facility to Mount Carmel West hospital in Columbus. Her family requested that lifesaving measures be stopped, and that Kavanaugh be comfortable for her remaining time.

Officials at Mount Carmel Health System say they’ve notified authorities about a doctor accused of giving “significantly excessive and potentially fatal doses” to more than two dozen near-death patients.

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