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St. Mary's Medical Center CEO Davide Carbone resigns

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The CEO of St. Mary's Medical Center has resigned, the hospital announced Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement that Davide Carbone stepped down, first reported in the Palm Beach Post , comes two days after the medical center announced the closing of its pediatric heart surgery program.

A CNN report detailed the deaths of nine babies after heart surgery since the program started in 2011. CNN said a 10th baby was left paralyzed and between 2011 to 2013 the hospital had a 12.5 percent mortality rate for open heart surgery, three times the national average.

Wednesday St. Mary's issued the following statement concerning its CEO:

“Davide Carbone has resigned his position as the chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Medical Center.  Joey Bulfin, chief operating officer, will be stepping in to serve as the interim CEO.  We appreciate Davide’s dedication to both St. Mary’s and the Palm Beach community for the last nine years and wish him well in his future endeavors.  The future at St. Mary’s Medical Center is bright.  The hospital was recently recognized by Healthgrades as being in the top 5% of places to give birth in the country, we are growing our research program, and we have established a level 1 trauma center and lifesaving comprehensive stroke program for the residents of Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas.  The more than 75-year tradition of excellence at St. Mary’s will continue through our exceptional team of employees and medical professionals.”

In announcing the closing of the heart program St. Mary's cited inaccurate media reports and said that made it, "significantly more challenging to build sustainable volume in our program."

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