Hepatitis C investigation leads Houston Healthcare to notify patients

WARNER ROBINS -- Houston Healthcare is sending letters to patients who had contact with a former contract employee now accused of intentionally spreading hepatitis C.

According to a Tuesday release from Houston Healthcare, fewer than 100 patients are being notified they may need to be tested. The patients would have received care from David Kwiatkowski at Houston Medical Center from Oct. 25, 2010, to March 17, 2011. The patients had contact with Kwiatkowski while undergoing heart catheterizations in the Heart Catheterization Lab.

Certified letters are being sent to those patients this week, the release stated.

Houston Healthcare spokeswoman Priscilla Kennedy said she could not provide a more specific number of the patients being contacted and said that number could change as the investigation continues.

The hospital is working with investigators in New Hampshire, where Kwiatkowski is accused of infecting patients at a hospital there, and some reports state he could have infected thousands in jobs at different hospitals in different states.