SageWest Health Care Update on Patient Testing Process
We want to give the community a few updates on the patient testing process that will begin next week.
Although we have no reason to believe that any infectious disease was transmitted to our surgical patients, we are alerting patients who had surgery at the Lander hospital between December 2013 and October 2016 of an extremely remote risk of possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens from surgical instruments.
Free blood tests will be offered to eligible patients for a 3-week period beginning Monday, March 27. Any patients who are unable to receive testing during that period who still desire it will be provided testing at a later time. The testing will be offered through an independent laboratory and will be conducted at the Lander Community and Convention Center, located at 950 Buena Vista Drive in Lander.
Patients can call 844-308-6635 between 9:00a.m. – 8:00p.m. MDT to speak with a representative, schedule an appointment, and/or get further information.
Regarding test results, patients who test negative will be sent a letter confirming that result. Patients who test positive will be called by a certified counselor who will offer the patient a phone consultation with a physician to discuss HBV, HCV or HIV, as appropriate. If desired, the physician can also refer the patient to an infectious disease specialist.
We encourage patients and families to contact the call center for more information or to schedule an appointment. Our highest priorities remain providing quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, and we appreciate your patience during this time.