Open Letter to the Community
[Updated 7/19/13] On July 17, Eisenhower Medical Center (“EMC”) sent a news release to reach out to the public via local media in order to make everyone aware that EMC has discovered that some patients and employees may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB).
EMC Infectious Disease staff have identified which patients may have been affected. All of these individuals will receive a letter from Riverside County Department of Public Health that should arrive by July 20. The letter will encourage the recipient to get a TB skin test, which is the most common way to tell if a person has been exposed to an active case of TB.
If you receive a letter, please get tested promptly at one of the sites listed in the letter. If you do not receive a notice, it has been determined you were not exposed to this employee.
Though TB is spread through close, prolonged contact with a person who has TB, it is important to get tested. The Department of Public Health is responsible for tracking infectious diseases and ensuring that individuals with active TB receive treatment. EMC staff is working closely with them to quickly get all potentially exposed individuals tested.
As background, an employee of EMC was discovered to have TB through mandatory annual screening, required of all EMC employees. EMC staff immediately implemented the EMC action plan and began working closely with Riverside County Department of Public Health.
To avoid confusion and ease community concern, EMC’s goal is for the facts of this situation to be shared so that everybody involved will be better informed and can respond appropriately. The Riverside County Department of Public Health is mailed letters to patients on July 17, 2013.
Serving and caring for the people of this community is a privilege for EMC staff and physicians. EMC strives to keep patients, visitors and employees safe. This includes actively communicating important safety information to employees and members of the community EMC serves. EMC staff will continue to work with Public Health and other officials to meet the needs of EMC patients and employees and continue to provide outstanding care to the community.
Martin Massiello Alan Williamson, MD Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Medical Officer
For more information about TB, visit: www.cdc.gov/tb