Hopkins (TV series)
|Starring||Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Avedis Meneshian, Megan Quick, Brian Bethea, Ann Czarnik, Amber Bethea, Karen Boyle, John Conte, Ashish S. Shah, James Fackler, Tom Reifsnyder, Robert Montgomery, Mustapha Saheed|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Rudy Bednar
|Editor(s)||Pagan Harleman, Faith Jones, Cindy Kaplan Rooney, Valentine D'Arcy Sheldon|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ABC News|
|Original run||June 26 – August 7, 2008|
|Preceded by||Hopkins 24/7|
|Followed by||Boston Med NY Med|
Hopkins is a seven-part documentary TV series set at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a teaching hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). It premiered in the United States on June 26, 2008, on ABC and is currently[when?] airing in syndication on the We TV Network. The theme for the show "So Much to Say" was written by songwriter Matthew Puckett. The series won a Peabody award.
Created as a real-life adjunct to the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy, it follows the professional lives of hospital caregivers and their patients. The show is a follow-up to the ABC Special Hopkins 24/7, from 2000. Boston Med, which aired on ABC in June–August 2010, was produced by the same team behind Hopkins.
The fourth episode of the series featured a young boy with a serious, irreversible heart condition. His heart was barely functioning at a level high enough to keep him alive, and he went into cardiac arrest during a heart biopsy. During a discussion among the boy's doctors about the course of treatment, Dr. James Fackler, a pediatric critical care specialist, was shown saying, "It's my opinion that we should just let the child die." This comment incited controversy among viewers, who considered it insensitive.
In a video on ABC's Hopkins website, Dr. Fackler elaborated on what he meant, explaining that if the boy required a heart transplant, mechanical life support (ECMO) would not keep him alive long enough for a new heart to become available.
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