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Valley Healthcare Providers Offering Free Hepatitis, HIV Testing After Surgical Tech Fired Over Drugs

John C. Lincoln medical center
(Photo courtesy of HonorHealth)
John C. Lincoln Medical Center.

A pair of Valley health care providers are reaching out to former surgery patients after a former employee was reportedly accused of stealing prescription narcotics in Colorado.

Honor Health will offer free testing for hepatitis B, C and HIV to at least 97 patients who had surgery when Rocky Allen worked for John C. Lincoln Medical Center. And the healthcare provider wants to hear from anyone who had surgery at the hospital between July 28 and Sept. 26, 2014.

Before joining Honor Health, Allen worked as a surgical technician for Banner Health from May 18 to July 2, 2014. A Banner spokesperson said it plans to start a free testing program for all surgery patients Allen came in contact with.    

Honor Health said it fired Allen after he tested positive for a controlled substance. Banner Health said it could not comment on personnel matters. 

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