Northwest Hospital & Medical Center was recently notified by Seattle-King County Public Health that a surgical technologist who was briefly employed by our hospital from December 30, 2011 to March 9, 2012 is being investigated in Colorado for diverting and tampering with patient medications in such a way that it may have exposed patients to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

At this time, we have no evidence of any patient exposure. Based on our preliminary investigation and after consultation with Public Health – Seattle & King County, Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we believe the risk to our patients is extremely low. However, out of an abundance of caution, Northwest Hospital has contacted the approximately 1,340 patients who had surgery at Northwest Hospital from December 30, 2011 to March 9, 2012 in an operating room where the technologist may have worked and asked them to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Patients who had surgery at Northwest Hospital between December 30, 2011 and March 9, 2012 are encouraged to call the Northwest Hospital hotline at (206) 368-1002 or toll free at 1-800-695-0654 to receive more information about how they may access free testing.

We are deeply saddened that the actions of a former employee may have placed our patients at risk and we understand the concern this notification may cause our patients and their loved ones. We are working closely with King County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health to thoroughly investigate the matter and we are committed to doing all we can to support our patients and families throughout this process.

Northwest Hospital Hotline

Patients are encouraged to call the Northwest Hospital hotline at (206) 368-1002 or toll free at 1-800-695-0654 to receive more information about how they can access free testing.

Testing Information

LabCorp:

Visit LabCorp’s website to find a convenient location: http://www.labcorp.com

Northwest Hospital Lab Locations:

Medical Arts Building

1530 North 115th St., Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: 206-368-1344
Fax: 206-368-1345
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Northwest Hospital Tower – Specialty and After-Hours Testing*

1550 North 115th St. (2nd floor)
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: 206-368-1344
Fax: 206-368-1345
Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Sat/Sun/holiday 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*Please call 206-368-1776 if require “after-hours” blood draw.

Northwest Outpatient Medical Center

10330 Meridian Ave. N., Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: 206-368-1344
Fax: 206-368-1345
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.