Hepatitis C investigation launched by PeaceHealth Southwest and Clark County Public Health

5/5/2014

​PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Clark County Public Health are conducting a joint investigation about a possible hepatitis C exposure involving patients.

A joint investigation revealed that some patients might have been exposed to the disease through the actions of a former PeaceHealth Southwest employee, who left PeaceHealth Southwest in March 2014.
 

“Our caregivers work hard every day to heal and help patients,” said Sy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. “We are all deeply troubled by this discovery.”

PeaceHealth Southwest and Clark County Public Health are expected to complete the investigation around May 20. At that time, certified letters will be mailed to all patients who might have received care from the former employee. Those patients will be urged to receive hepatitis C testing at the expense of PeaceHealth Southwest.
 
“Although the likelihood of infection is very low, we are acting with great caution to ensure the well-being of our patients,” Johnson said. “We take this very seriously. I apologize for the anxiety this is certain to cause our patients and their loved ones.”
 
A patient care support line will go live at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 6. The number is (360) 729-2000. There is no reason to believe that current patients are at any increased risk of exposure to hepatitis C. More information is available on our website.