Em­bat­tled Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal CEO re­sign­ing amid crit­i­cism

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

NE­WARK » The CEO of a New Jersey hos­pi­tal has re­signed fol­low­ing an out­break that may have claimed the lives of three in­fants.

John Kas­ta­nis’ de­par­ture from Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Ne­wark was an­nounced Thurs­day. He will for­mally leave his post Dec. 14.

The an­nounce­ment came about two weeks af­ter Ne­wark’s Demo­cratic Mayor Ras Baraka had called for new lead­er­ship at the hos­pi­tal. Baraka told NJ.com that he was glad to see that change is afoot and hopes the state picks a CEO who is “more amenable” to the needs of Ne­wark res­i­dents.

The state health depart­ment has found four A. bau­man­nii cases at the hos­pi­tal since Oct. 1. Three ba­bies have died, but the state hasn’t de­ter­mined a fi­nal cause of death.

Kas­ta­nis joined the hos­pi­tal in 2016. He said in a state­ment he’s proud of the hos­pi­tal’s lead­er­ship team.

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