GlenCare Fined $16K For Hep B Outbreak That Killed Six

The owners of a Mount Olive assisted living center have been fined after six residents died last year from Hepatitis B.

The Department of Health and Human Services levied the $16,000 fine against GlenCare of Mount Olive on Wednesday. The information was released Friday by the state after they got notification the facility received the letter.

To read the letter to GlenCare and other documents, click the link at the top of the story.

Last week a state review committee unanimously recommended the fine against GlenCare.

A total of eight residents contracted Hepatitis B at the facility and state regulators said the likely blame for the outbreak was the reuse of glucometer and lancing devices without proper disinfecting and cleaning.

Last fall the state cited the facility with five violations. The proposed fine will be sent to the Health & Human Services Adult Care Section chief who will make a final determination of how much the fine will be.

A state report said GlenCare staff only cleaned the devices with alcohol swabs when it "looked like there was something on them."

The company has 30 days to appeal the fine, or pay it within 60 days.

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