Hospital Suspends Elective Heart Surgeries on Children

St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, has suspended elective pediatric heart surgeries after a CNN investigation calculated that the program had a mortality rate for open heart surgeries three times higher than the national average. A press release issued by the hospital late Sunday night said they were launching a "comprehensive review" of the program involving external experts."We currently have no elective pediatric congenital cardiac surgery cases scheduled, and we do not intend to schedule any until we have completed our review," the hospital stated in the press release.