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Coastal Health & Wellness to Reopen Texas City Dental Clinic
Press Release
Thursday, April 12, 2018

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas– Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) will reopen its Texas City dental clinic on Monday, April 16. 

Members of the CHW Governing Board, in a called special meeting today, voted to reopen the Texas City dental clinic. The Galveston dental clinic will remain closed for the time being while administrators and staff focus on patient care in Texas City.  

“The dental staff have been working diligently to correct the deficiencies that were noted from the Joint Commission survey report. Staff have received additional training and competencies have been noted. New procedures and processes are also in place and have been documented,” reported Kathy Barroso, interim CHW executive director. “Significant improvements have been made. We feel we’re at a point where we can open up Texas City dental services to the public.” 

Barroso, who also serves as Galveston County Health District (GCHD) CEO, was named interim CHW executive director late last month after the former director resigned. The appointment is expected to be temporary.  

The Texas City dental clinic will focus services to patients who have dentures that are waiting to be fitted and those who have contacted the clinic to set up an appointment as soon as possible. 

Texas City and Galveston clinics suspended performing dental and medical procedures that required sterilization of instruments on Feb. 14 to allow for an investigation by the GCHD following an accreditation site review by the Joint Commission on Feb. 12-13. Site review findings identified breaches in infection control related to some dental and medical procedures that may have put patients at risk for the Hepatitis B virus, Hepatitis C virus and HIV. Medical procedures that require sterilization of instruments continue to be suspended for the time being, Barroso said. However, there are only a small percentage of invasive medical procedures performed at the clinic. Routine medical visits are still available. 

“In addition to the other changes noted, a new clinical compliance specialist position was also created to oversee the infection control program,” Barroso said. “This position is vitally important and will focus on compliance oversight on an ongoing basis.”

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