(ANDOVER, Kan.) — An Andover woman recently learns she may have been exposed to Hepatitis C while being treated at Hays Medical Center. The Hays hospital sent Linda Ficken a letter telling her to get tested for Hepatitis C.
Ficken is one of 460 patients Hays Med is contacting. The patients all underwent cardiac catheterization from May 24, 2010 to September 22, 2010. That's when radiology technician David Kwiatkowski worked at the Hays hospital. He's accused in New Hampshire of engaging in drug diversion and infecting patients with hepatitis C while employed at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.
Due to the fact that Kwiatkowski worked as a contract radiology technician in the HaysMed cardiac catheterization laboratory from May 24, 2010, to Sept. 22, 2010, HaysMed and KDHE are working together to notify all patients who were treated at the cardiac catheterization lab during this time and recommend they receive testing for hepatitis C.
“I had no idea if this guy treated me or was around me or anything else.” Linda Ficken received a letter from Hays Medical Center on Saturday via certified mail advising her to get tested. She is understandably concerned but she refuses to let worry rule her. “I'm not worried. I'm not worried. Concerned, yeah, a little but worry is a waste of time and effort.”