Clinic Fined, Placed On Probation, For Mishandling Ebola-Like Symptoms, Other Lapses

A prominent Hartford health center has been fined $2,500 and placed on probation for a year for numerous lapses, including mishandling a patient with Ebola-like symptoms and failing to refer a patient to a cardiologist who later had a heart attack and died. Community Health Services, based on Albany Avenue in the North End, must also hire an infection control consultant for at least three months who will report to the state Department of Public Health on efforts to correct numerous violations cited in letters between October 2014 and March of this year. Board chairman Robert Harris agreed to the fine and probation when he signed a consent order with DPH on Nov. 20. Within 21 days of signing the order, Community Health Services must re-train its nursing staff in infection control, reporting diseases, disinfecting medical equipment and hand hygiene.