WARNER ROBINS — When Merete Daffer learned from a friend Monday that the Perry Hospital had offered to redo about 900 mammography exams, she wondered when they would call her.
She had a screening in February, she says. Hers was done wrong, too. Right?
Daffer is one of many women in Middle Georgia who heard the news Monday that a worker had failed to get a radiologist to read and certify several mammography tests done at the Perry Hospital since the beginning of 2009, but hadn’t received word whether her test was fine. For that, she says, she became a victim, too.
“I kept thinking that in the future, I probably will get a letter to be rescreened,” she said Tuesday morning.
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Because of privacy laws, Houston Healthcare officials can’t divulge the names of the women who have been notified to be rescreened. Daffer agreed to an interview after calling a Telegraph reporter.
She admits the news of the blunder rattled her Monday. Before the waiting could play too much on her nerves, she made a call to the hospital Tuesday morning, where she was directed to talk to a marketing representative. She wasn’t on the list, the representative told her. But they wouldn’t tell her why — or why not.
“It makes you wonder,” Daffer said.
Houston Healthcare officials said Monday that the error was found in April during a quality check of mammography tests, prompting a broader review of the mammography program at Perry Hospital.
Houston Healthcare officials say patients — especially those who were not notified — have nothing to worry about.
“I think that the hospital is pretty confident it’s caught anybody who could be impacted in this round,” said Victor Moldovan, an attorney who is taking questions for the hospital.
Moldovan said the hospital selected a large number of cases when deciding who would receive the option of a new mammography, which included more than those whose results had erroneously been entered.
“They just tried to catch everybody within a certain category,” he said.
Moldovan didn’t return a call seeking answers to how many mammography screenings were done in the time frame the hospital gave for the error, as well as how those given the option to be re-examined were determined, how many of the new examinations had been completed and whether all patients who would get that chance had been notified.
Daffer said she still has questions after being told the reason for the about 900 new examinations was simply a quality issue. That didn’t reassure her that nothing was wrong with her exam.
“Calling it a quality issue is really broad,” she said. “It’s not like having a flu shot. These have potentially life-threatening (effects). Instead of sweeping it under the rug and calling it a quality issue, I’d like to know they handled the quality issue.
“It makes me wonder if they have the right list.”
To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.