An aggressive pursuit of more patients, more surgeries and more dollars has placed patients at Seattle’s Swedish Health in jeopardy.
That was the upshot of one of the first stories The Seattle Times published earlier this year in an ongoing investigation called “Quantity of Care.”
On Episode 40 of The Overcast, political reporters Daniel Beekman and Jim Brunner talk to investigative reporter Mike Baker about the hard-hitting series.
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His most recent story with colleague Justin Mayo details how top neurosurgeons have routinely run multiple operating rooms at the same time while keeping patients in the dark about the practice.
Baker explains why practices in the neuroscience institute at Swedish’s Cherry Hill facility have prompted concerns and describes what’s happened since Quantity of Care began.
Swedish CEO Tony Armada and surgeon Johnny Delashaw have resigned, while the state Department of Health and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have launched investigations.
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