A former Ohio doctor who had his Ohio medical license summarily suspended by the State Medical Board of Ohio on January 25, 2019 voluntarily surrendered to authorities in Columbus, Ohio in early June 2019 to face charges in 25 deaths following a six-month investigation by the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office. The 43-year-old doctor had been employed with the Mount Carmel Health System from 2015 to 2018 before being suspended on November 21, 2018 and then fired two weeks later.
The State Medical Board of Ohio stated in its suspension of the doctor’s medical license, “Based on allegations that during or about February 2015 through November 2018, the doctor undertook the care of twenty-seven critically ill patients, which subsequently resulted in the termination of his employment after an internal investigation by the employer determined the medical treatment provided was below the standard of care and jeopardized the safety of patients when the patient’s received doses of controlled substances that significantly exceeded the acceptable dose range and were at fatal levels; also based on allegations that during January 2018, with respect to the care of one specified patient, the doctor ordered, administered or caused to be administered excessive doses of fentanyl and midazolam, resulting in the patient’s death; also based on allegations that during October 2018, with respect to the care of one specified patient, the doctor ordered, administered or caused to be administered excessive doses of fentanyl and hydromorphone, resulting in the patient’s death; and also based on the doctor’s failure to cooperate during an investigative office conference.”
In announcing the doctor’s criminal charges on June 5, 2019, the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office stated, “Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that a twenty-five (25) count indictment for separate counts of Murder (Section 2903.02, Ohio Revised Code) was filed by the Franklin County Grand Jury against Dr. William Scott Husel, D.O. in connection with treatment administered at Mount Carmel and St. Ann’s Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio between February 11, 2015 and November 20, 2018. The penalty for Murder is a prison sentence of 15 years to Life. Each count in the indictment alleges that Husel “purposely caused the death” of each of the patients. O’Brien stated that fentanyl in various amounts between 500 and 2000 micrograms was ordered by Dr. Husel and administered to patients that shortened their life and hastened or caused their death. Dr. Husel is presumed innocent and is expected to voluntarily turn himself in at Columbus Police Headquarters on or before noon on Wednesday. An arrest warrant was issued after his indictment and Husel is represented by Cleveland attorney Richard Blake with the firm of McDonald Hopkins. Dr. Husel has been free while the investigation was conducted but had surrendered his passport at the request of O’Brien, and will be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30 PM in Courtroom 2B at 345 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio.”
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