Leaders are accountable, not only addressing issues but learning from them, Edward Lamb told the business community Thursday.

Mount Carmel Health System CEO Edward Lamb addressed central Ohio business leaders at the Columbus Chamber's annual meeting Thursday, where the hospital system was the presenting sponsor, saying, "Leaders take responsibility."

In remarks to a packed Battelle Grand Ballroom at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Lamb said recent events at the health system have brought valuable lessons. Mount Carmel announced in mid-January one of its intensive-care doctors gave “significantly excessive and potentially fatal” doses of pain medication to more than two dozen near-death patients between 2015 and 2018. The physician, Dr. William Husel, was fired, and more than 20 Mount Carmel employees including pharmacists, nurses and managers have been placed on leave. The health system is under investigation by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and at least 12 wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed in Franklin County. 

Lamb apologized in a video shared last month, saying the hospital system has instituted changes to prevent such things from happening again. 

Thursday, he told the business community that leaders are accountable and courageous, and stay true to values that help guide them.

"Values guide us and lead us and direct us," Lamb said. "Our values should be those things that are part of our core. Our values are those things that help us make the right decisions. When we look at our values in our organization – integrity, justice, caring for the poor and the needy, and reverence- those are important values that help guide us and help lead us
in every decision that we make."

He said he appreciated attendees' support.

"I'm mostly inspired here today by the opportunity to be here, for many of you have been supporting us, and I'm inspired by you and all that you do. ... Thank you again for standing up and doing the right things in all that you do. ... We appreciate all that you do to make Columbus the most incredible city in the nation."

Painstaking, comprehensive coverage by the Columbus Dispatch of the patient deaths at Mount Carmel can be found here.