Nurse, who is wife of Mount Carmel doctor under investigation, named in lawsuit


    Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Mount Carmel, doctor accused of overdosing patients (WSYX/WTTE)

    Another nurse was named Tuesday in a wrongful death lawsuit alleging a former Mt. Carmel doctor ordered a lethal dose of fentanyl. Attorneys for the family of Jan Thomas named Mariah Baird, a registered nurse, in a new filing.

    The family of Jan Thomas says she died in 2015 from an excessive dose of fentanyl given to her as they were preparing to take her off life support (Courtesy: Attorney David Shroyer)

    Jan Thomas died in 2015, after getting an 800 microgram dose of Fentanyl, according to attorneys. The lawsuit claims Baird administered the dose, which was ordered by Dr. William Husel. Mt. Carmel Hospital says 34 patients died under his care.

    Records show Baird and Husel married in 2017.

    The attorney for the Thomas family also named, Tyler Rudman, a nurse, and Joshua Jackson, a pharmacist, involved in Thomas' care.

    Multiple wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against Husel and Mt. Carmel from family members alleging he ordered excessive, and potentially lethal, doses of pain medication. The case is also under criminal investigation, but no charges have been filed.

    Lawyers for the 43-year-old Husel aren't commenting, but late Tuesday afternoon a motion was filed by Husel's legal team to postpone his deposition in the wrongful death lawsuit from David Austin's family until any possible criminal case against Husel has wrapped. The prosecutor's office hasn't said anything about the case other than the investigation is ongoing and could continue for several weeks.

    Mount Carmel apologized and put 23 pharmacists, nurses and managers on leave pending investigation. It won't say whether they include Mariah Baird, who married Husel in 2017.

    Court records list no lawyer for Baird. Phone numbers associated with her weren't accepting calls Tuesday.

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