David Kwiatkowski worked for a staffing agency, according to an Associated Press report, and was employed at a number of hospitals around the country including the Warner Robins facility.
The AP article said Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing anesthetic drugs from an Exeter Hospital lab in New Hampshire and injecting himself, contaminating syringes that were later used on patients. At least 30 patients have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C Kwiatkowski carries, the AP noted.
A statement released late Friday by Houston Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Cary Martin confirmed that Kwiatkowski had worked at the local hospital as a contract employee but said the technician had been confined to the cardiac cath lab and did not have access to the medication system.
"We are waiting for appropriate testing guidelines from the CDC and are actively identifying any patients who may need to be contacted," Martin indicated. "Once identified, these patients will receive a certified letter regarding the next steps."
Martin said he expected the letters to go out within the next two weeks.
The hospital CEO said the local system began working with local, state and federal agencies and initiated an internal investigaiton after being contacted by New Hampshire officials.
"The health of our patients as well as our employees is of the utmost concern to us," Martin added in the three-paragraph statement. "We are takeing a proactive approach to ensure the safety of our employees and those in our community."