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Patient tests positive for hep C, but surgery center says 'anyone can feel safe about coming here'



The North Jersey Responding to HIV and Hepatitis B and C responded on Saturday to the release of a state report that blasted the facility's past infection control practices.

Representative of the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook said: "We have tested positive for hepatitis C."

It is unclear if that patient's hepatitis C was a preexisting condition or if the patient contracted the disease after being exposed to HealthPlus according to Mark Manigan, a lawyer representing the surgery center. Manigan said the New Jersey Department of Health would like to discuss the case with HealthPlus. Manigan adds that it may take weeks or months for the state health department to make that determination.

The state health department maintains that the risk of exposure to the affected patients is low. Letters to affected patients were out of this month.

Meanwhile, HealthPlus is being trialed in Bergen County Superior Court on Friday.

Lauren Marrero and Julio Marrero, a married couple living in Bloomingdale, filed the lawsuit against the HealthPlus. According to Michael Maggiano, the couple's attorney, Lauren underwent a spinal epidural, a pain management procedure, under anesthesia at HealthPlus in April.

Now, Maggiano says, the Marreros are struggling with the possibility that Lauren may have contracted a life altering disease from the surgery center during her operation. Health & Safety, Health & Safety, Health & Safety, Health & Safety, Health & Safety, Health & Safety, Health & Safety jury trial and requesting the jury award them a just reward.

Manigan had no comment on the lawsuit.

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The HealthPlus Press Conference on the State Department of Health released on Friday, Sept. 7, report detailing infection control shortcomings at the facility.

"The New Jersey Department of Health did a thorough investigation," Manigan said. "The response to that [investigation] was thorough, comprehensive and robust. The situation is being monitored, and the Department of Health and the State of New Jersey is putting their imprimatur on a facility after an event like this. "

The lack of proper B-C and B-C were both operated at the facility, according to Manigan.

The state report also found that controlled substances, especially opioids like fentanyl, frequently went missing from HealthPlus , Manigan said: "Manigan added that to an internal investigation."

Manigan added inconclusive.

"Someone was throwing out of the medication, or stolen," Manigan previously told.

HealthPlus was closed by the state immediately after the Sept. 7 inspection , In the aftermath of the inspection, HealthPlus took state-approved corrective actions to address the problems that had been found. As part of this, HealthPlus fired its director of nursing and two other employees that were involved in sterilization processing, then hired new people to fill those three positions. The surgery center reopened on Sept. 28.

But those changes have little or no effect on patients, according to Maggiano. This is a system failure, and we know that system failures happen at the top. "

The owner of HealthPlus, Long Island's real estate millionaire Yan Moshe, not at the press conference.

Besides HealthPlus, Moshe also owns Hudson Regional Hospital at Secaucus and Dynamic Surgery Center in Hackensack. Dynamic was inspected by the state in June; Manigan said the facility was "passed with flying colors."

HealthPlus has created a website, www.healthplusnj.com, dedicated to the situation. Those affected can call 1

-888-507-0578 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to schedule a test at Hudson Regional Hospital at Secaucus, or at LabCorp locations in New Jersey or New York.

Read the Marrero's complaint against HealthPlus below

  
Class Action Lawsuit Complaint (text)

Michael Sol Warren may be reached at mwarren@njadvancemedia.com . Follow him on Twitter @MSolDub . Find NJ.com on Facebook .


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