of Health Recommends Testing and Offers Toll-Free Hotline for Patients of
Northumberland County Dentist
– 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
of Dr. Paczkoskie’s who are seeking their medical records should call his
Aimee Tysarczyk or Wes Culp, 717-787-1783