Dr Christopher Stolle

A Message From Christopher Stolle MD
At Riverside Regional Medical Center, patient safety is our first priority. Based on this firm belief, Riverside is taking certain precautions to promptly respond to a potential exposure to Hepatitis C that may have occurred in our operating room. Even though the risk of contracting the disease is extremely low we feel that patient safety must come first.

Riverside Regional Medical Center has received notification that a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who was associated with a local anesthesia group has tested positive for Hepatitis C. This CRNA provided services at our hospital from July 9, 2007 until December 22, 2007. You are being contacted because we believe that this CRNA was involved in your surgical procedure and Riverside wants to make sure that you were not exposed during your surgery.

So long as this CRNA adhered to standard precautions (e.g., hand hygiene, use of gloves, gown, mask) Hepatitis C presents a minimal risk to any patients that came into contact with this CRNA.

While the chances are likely remote, Riverside recommends that as a precaution you be tested for Hepatitis C. To assist you in scheduling a free blood screening, please contact our Riverside Nurse call center at 757-875-7880. Riverside Nurse is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by qualified nurses who will schedule your appointment and answer any questions you may have.

Again, I would like to reiterate that this is a precautionary screen only and due to the standard precautions we follow your risk of exposure is minimal.

Please accept my apologies, on behalf of the entire Medical Staff and Riverside Regional Medical Center, for the inconvenience this has caused.

Christopher Stolle MD
Vice President Medical Affairs
Riverside Regional Medical Center