Subpoena Issued to Charter Oak Health Center: Report

State public health officials issue subpoena for Hartford health center.

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012  |  Updated 12:28 PM EDT
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Subpoena Issued to Charter Oak Health Center: Report

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State public health officials have subpoenaed the Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford for financial and other records and have ordered operational changes by next week, the Hartford Courant reports.

The subpoena follows conflicting reports about a patient with tuberculosis at the center. City officials said they told a doctor in December that a patient tested positive for tuberculosis and later died, but workers say they didn't know about the case until earlier this month.

Some workers also said they have now tested positive for TB.

William Gerrish, a spokesman for the health department, told the Courant that health officials are asking for a comprehensive plan of action from the center. Gerrish did not elaborate on the specifics but told the paper the health department has set a Feb. 24 deadline for the plan.

The subpoena was delivered on Friday to the office of Alfreda Turner, the director and CEO of the health center.

The Courant reports that Turner issued a statement on Tuesday night that reads: "Charter Oak Health Center is committed to making sure that it is in full compliance with all directives and inquiries from the state. We appreciate the Department of Health's involvement as our goal is to ensure the best possible care for our patients."

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