PeaceHealth Southwest advises 936 patients to be tested for hepatitis C

5/20/2014

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.

Temporary patient service centers have been set up in three locations to make the testing as convenient as possible. If they choose, patients can be tested by their healthcare provider at another location. Patients with questions are encouraged to send an email to HepC@peacehealth.org, or call the patient care support line at (360) 729-2000 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week.

“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.”