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UPMC, Maxim Healthcare Services spar over millions in hepatitis C settlements

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UPMC’s name appears at the top of the U.S. Steel Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh, where the health giant maintains its corporate headquarters. UPMC and the staffing agency that placed with them a radiology technician who infected dozens of patients with hepatitis C continue to battle over who should bear the cost of millions of dollars in court settlements.

Court documents show UPMC has paid more than $4 million to settle litigation over the actions of David Kwiatkowski, who worked for the health care giant for just over two months in 2008. He was terminated after hospital officials discovered he was stealing patients’ fentanyl to use on himself and replacing their syringes with saline.

Kwiatkowski went on to work at nine other hospitals in multiple states over the next four years and ultimately infected 45 patients with hepatitis C, including one who died.

He pleaded guilty to criminal charges in 2013 and is serving 39 years in prison.

UPMC was the subject of multiple lawsuits that have since been settled. Now the health system is trying to recoup that money from Maxim Healthcare Services, the Maryland-based agency that placed Kwiatkowski with UPMC.

“Maxim and its personnel solely caused all of UPMC’s damages,” UPMC’s attorney […]

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