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Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Turner requests top-level visit to VA dental clinic

Staff Report
Updated 1:17 PM Wednesday, March 9, 2011
DAYTON — U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Centerville, issued a letter Wednesday reiterating his office’s invitation for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to visit the Dayton VA Medical Center.
The invitation comes in the wake of news that nine patients seen at the medical center’s dental clinic may have contracted hepatitis B or hepatitis C from a dentist who did not follow basic infection control practices. The dentist, Dwight M. Pemberton, 81, of Centerville, performed invasive dental procedures on patients, but failed to change latex gloves and sterilize dental instruments properly between patients, according to VA investigation documents.
“Visiting the Dayton VA Medical Center Dental Clinic will go a long way to reassure the community that the VA is committed to providing the highest quality of care and will do everything within its power to resolve this issue,” Turner wrote in the March 9 letter. “Delivering this message in person will help restore the community’s faith in the VA health system and its leadership.”
Turner’s letter also indicated his office’s requests — both for a release of reports on the VA’s investigation, and for a series of regional and national-level investigations to protect against events like those in the Dayton VA dental clinic — had so far gone unanswered.

I just realized that I failed to notify Congressman Turner's office back in November 2010 concerning this when I notified other authorities. It is not right, neither is it fair to hold him accountable for information that I failed to forward to his office. I have personally apologized to this Member of Congress, today. Perfection is not my strong suit and it's showing again.

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