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Charter Oak Health Center Plan Rejected, Revised

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File photo of a doctor. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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The Charter Oak Health Center today made a second attempt at an improvement plan, after patients and staff may have been exposed to tuberculosis.

The Hartford institution for the poor today submitted a second plan of correction to state officials, as it tries to make improvements.

A longtime patient died from tuberculosis.  The patient spent a large amount of time at the health center, and dozens of staff and patients had to get TB tests.

In a written statement from the Department of Public Health, state regulators said they did not find the health center’s initial improvement plan acceptable.  They said the plan submitted earlier this week was deficient.

The department plans to review the new plan, and hopes to finish its plan early next week.

The state Department of Public Health’s initial findings were that the health center lacks administrative leadership, needs an infection control plan, and needs a medical director.

“Failure to provide an acceptable plan of correction may result in disciplinary action,” the department wrote.

In its own written statement sent through a public relations agency today, the health center said it has offered to hire a medical director, and bring in a Yale doctor address any infection control problems.

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