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Washington Hospital reviews Pap tests

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By Luis Fábregas

Published: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 6:01 p.m.

Federal inspectors completed a surprise review at Washington Hospital last week as a result of a lawsuit from a woman who claimed her Pap tests were misread for five years before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Jennifer Beiswenger, 30, of Canonsburg is in remission after being treated with radiation and chemotherapy for an advanced stage of the disease.

In her lawsuit filed in the Washington County Common Pleas Court, Beiswenger said Pap tests conducted between 2006 and 2010 were misread because they had found abnormal cells. She and her husband are suing the hospital and eight of its doctors.

“I'm worried that every woman in Washington County that went through that hospital could have a problem, said Beiswenger's attorney, Deborah Maliver.

Hospital officials said they take the allegations very seriously.

“Immediately upon learning of this complaint, the hospital consulted with independent experts to evaluate the claims at issue, and is working diligently to identify any patient safety concerns,” a prepared statement said.

The American Society for Cytotechnology, which conducted the review, has 10 days to submit a written report to the hospital. The hospital then has 10 days to send a corrective action plan to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said Lorraine Ryan, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Luis Fábregas is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He canbe reached at 412-320-7998or




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