PeaceHealth Southwest advises 936 patients to be tested for hepatitis C
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Clark County Public Health are advising 936 patients to be tested for hepatitis C.
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.
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