Children’s Hospital & Medical Center said Wednesday that the State Health Department cleared the hospital of certain allegations raised in a complaint filed with the agency late last year.

It’s unclear whether the complaint included all of the allegations raised in a lawsuit filed Friday against the Omaha hospital by two surgeons. The lawsuit included allegations that a 7-month-old died during an operation performed by another surgeon, Dr. Adam Conley.

The lawsuit also alleges that the two surgeons’ privileges were suspended and that they were forced to resign after they raised concerns about the child’s death. The hospital and Conley have denied those allegations.

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The letter from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services listed the following allegations and concluded that they were unsubstantiated:

>> The facility failed to ensure that medical staff physicians provided quality medical care to patients

>> The facility didn’t take appropriate action when a physician failed to adhere to medical staff bylaws

>> Medical staff privileges were handled incorrectly

Further information, or clarification, from the state was not immediately available Wednesday night. The letter did not specifically mention Conley or a death at the hospital.

The Children’s board of directors provided the state’s letter and said the health agency found no problems with the hospital’s compliance.

Children’s said the state’s investigation concluded Jan. 3, before the suit was filed.

The state’s letter noted that “it may be possible” that the hospital would receive additional findings from other divisions regarding “these same or similar allegations.”

The board also said it was hiring a Boston-based hospital consulting firm to “conduct an independent review of Children’s policies and the application of those policies in the areas of quality of care and patient safety.”

“While we are confident in our policies and practices,” the board statement says, “we recognize and welcome the value and assurance an external review such as this provides to our organization and our community regarding the quality of care provided at Children’s.”

The board said it would share the review’s findings when available.

Julie Anderson is a medical reporter for The World-Herald. She covers health care and health care trends and developments, including hospitals, research and treatments. Follow her on Twitter @JulieAnderson41. Phone: 402-444-1066.

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