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6/13/2014

Department of Health Recommends Testing and Offers Toll-Free Hotline for Patients of Northumberland County Dentist

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June 13, 2014

Department of Health Recommends Testing and Offers Toll-Free Hotline for Patients of Northumberland County Dentist

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today is advising patients of a Northumberland County dentist that they might be at risk for infection after an investigation discovered the dental facility did not follow appropriate infection control procedures.

A joint investigation by the Departments of Health and State recently found Dr. Vincent J. Paczkoskie did not follow appropriate procedures to properly clean, disinfect or sterilize dental tools used at his Shamokin dental office, located at 315 North Shamokin St.

Due to these findings, the Department Of State, State Board of Dentistry, issued an order of temporary suspension on June 13.

As a precautionary measure, the Department of Health is recommending current or former patients who were seen by Dr. Paczkoskie be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 

“While we have not received any related reports of disease transmission or illness to date, we strongly encourage patients who have concerns to get tested to help ensure their safety and well-being,” Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said.

Insured patients who would like to make arrangements for testing should contact their primary care physician or the number listed on their insurance provider card for resources in the area.

Patients who receive health care through ACCESS/Medicaid should call the Department of Public Welfare at 800-440-3989 for information about providers in their area.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, patients can call 1-877-PA-HEALTH and select 9 for information and assistance in finding testing options.  

Patients of Dr. Paczkoskie’s who are seeking their medical records should call his office.

Media contact:  Aimee Tysarczyk or Wes Culp, 717-787-1783

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