Although our temporary Patient Service Center locations are now closed, it is not too late to be tested for hepatitis C. If you received a letter from PeaceHealth advising you to be tested, please call our patient care support line at (360) 729-2000 between the hours of 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday, and we’ll help you make testing arrangements.
Hepatitis C Investigation at PeaceHealth Southwest
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center
and Clark County Public Health
are advising 936 patients to be tested for hepatitis C.
A joint investigation revealed that the patients might have been exposed to the hepatitis C virus through the actions of a former PeaceHealth Southwest employee suspected of diverting drugs for personal use. In certified letters mailed May 19, the patients are urged to receive hepatitis C testing at the expense of PeaceHealth Southwest.
The contents of the letter packet may be viewed here:
“We sincerely apologize for the anxiety this news will cause our patients and their families,” said Sy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. “The risk of infection is low, but we are acting with great caution to ensure the well-being of our patients.”
“Our caregivers work hard every day to heal and help patients. We are all deeply troubled by this discovery.”
Sy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center