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As risk grew, hospitals turned a blind eye

Caught stealing drugs over and over, nothing was done to stop technician tied to hepatitis outbreak from finding another job

Radiology technician David Kwiatkowski worked at 19 hospitals in eight states over an eight-year period. Most of his jobs were for short periods. The positions he held:

July 2003
1. Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital
Ann Arbor, Mich.
(Nine months)

May 2004
2. Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oaks, Mich.
(Three weeks)

July 2004
3. Sinai-Grace Hospital
Detroit
(15 months)

May 2005
4. St. John Hospital
Detroit
(Four months)

Oct. 2005
5. Harper University Hospital
Detroit
(11 months)

Sept. 2006
6. University of Michigan Hospital
Ann Arbor, Mich.
(3 months)

Hospital accepted his resignation while he was under investigation for stealing drugs.

Jan. 2007
7. Oakwood Annapolis Hospital
Wayne, Mich.
(8 months)

Nov. 2007
8. Saint Francis Hospital
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
(3 months)

Employee of Advance Med staffing agency.

March 2008
9. UPMC Presbyterian
Pittsburgh, Penn.
(2 months)

Employee of Maxim Staffing Solutions. Terminated after accused of stealing narcotics.

May 2008
10. Baltimore VA Medical Center
Baltimore, Md.
(6 months)

Employee of Advance Med staffing agency. One patient has tested positive for his strain of hepatitis C.

Dec. 2008
11. Southern Maryland Hospital
Clinton, Md.
(2 months)

Employee of Maxim Staffing Solutions.

March 2009
12. Maryvale Hospital
Phoenix, Ariz.
(3 months)

Employed by SpringBoard staffing agency.

July 2009
13. Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Md.
(6 months)

Employed by Medical Solutions staffing agency.

Jan. 2010
14. Maryland General Hospital
Baltimore, Md.
(Two months)

March 2010
15. Arizona Heart Hospital
Phoenix, Ariz.
(Less than 1 month)

Employed by SpringBoard staffing. Terminated after found passed out with narcotics in hospital bathroom.

April 2010
16. Temple University
Philadelphia, Penn.
(1 month)

Employed by Advantage RN.

May 2010
17. Hays Medical Center
Hays, Kansas
(Four months)

Employed by Medical Solutions. Six patients have tested positive for his strain of hepatitis C.

Oct. 2010
18. Houston Medical Center
Warner Robins, Ga.
(Five months)

April 2011
19. Exeter Hospital
Exeter, N.H.
(13 months)

Employed initially by Triage Staffing; hired later by hospital as a permanent employee. In May 2012 placed on leave and later terminated. 32 patients have test positive for his strain of hepatitis C.

SOURCES: Hospitals and government agencies

James Abundis, Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff

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