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New York State shuts down dialysis center

OSHA Healthcare Connection, September 30, 2008

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has officially forced a New York City dialysis center to close its doors after uncovering poor infection control practices last month.

The Life Care Dialysis Center (LCDC), 221 W. 61st St. in Manhattan, has surrendered its operating certificate and paid a $300,000 civil penalty, according to a NY DOH news release. The health department has sent out information packets to 657 LCDC patients this week with indications that at least one dialysis patient has contracted hepatitis C at the facility. They are also recommending that anyone who received care at LCDC since January 2004 be tested immediately.

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