• Health Dept. moves forward after failing to notify patients of test results

    By: Joe Bruno


    MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - Mecklenburg County commissioners talked about how to move forward Tuesday after the health department failed to notify nearly 200 patients about abnormal Pap smear tests.

    The county health director says the crisis is under control and now the focus is to make sure this doesn't happen again

    County leaders say all 185 women have been notified about their results.

    Of those 185, only 16 women need to still receive a specialty exam and all of their appointments have been scheduled.

    The county is planning on hiring the consulting firm Navigant for $261,000.


    The firm will provide an external review of clinical operations, lab workflow and patient quality over the next five-and-a-half months

    Four employees are no longer working with the county because of the incident, three of them came to the county from Carolinas Healthcare System and the other was previously employee of the year.

    The Mecklenburg County Health Department is under review by the North Carolina Department of Public Health. 

    The investigation is ongoing.

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