Prevent Deaths of Infants During Heart Surgeries at Florida Hospital

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Target: St. Mary’s Medical Center CEO Davide Carbone

Goal: Close down pediatric heart surgery center.

A strange situation in Florida has apparently lead pediatric cardiologists to question the legitimacy of St. Mary’s Medical Center. The hospital’s new pediatric heart surgery center has been touted by the hospital as state-of-the-art with Dr. Michael Black as the resident surgeon. Dr. Black reportedly came from Stanford University Medical Center and is a “superstar” surgeon.

However, it has recently been reported that the death rate of children undergoing heart surgeries at the hospital is three times the national average. Sources say that between 2011 and 2013, 6 out of 48 babies died during or after surgery, which is 12.5%. The national average for babies undergoing such surgeries is 3.3%. Reports also say that the hospital is out practice; most hospitals in the U.S. perform well over 100 surgeries per year but St. Mary’s performed just 23 in 2013.

Urge St. Mary’s Medical Center to stop performing heart surgeries on infants to prevent unnecessary deaths.


Dear Mr. Carbone,

It was reported recently that St. Mary’s Medical Center has a death rate that is 3 times the national average for infants undergoing heart surgeries. Sources also say that the hospital, and Dr. Michael Black in particular, is out of practice as the hospital only performed 23 of these surgeries in 2013 when most hospitals perform at least 100.

We the undersigned strongly urge you to close down your pediatric heart surgery program to prevent further senseless deaths.


[Your Name Here]

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