PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and Clark County Public Health are advising 936 patients to be tested for hepatitis C.
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.
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 visit www.peacehealth.org/HepC, 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.