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Pa. Dept. of Health offers help to patients of Steelton doctor

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering testing information and a toll-free hotline to help all former and current patients of a Steelton doctor who had her medical license indefinitely suspended.

Dr. Maryjo E. Szada, a family physician with an office on S. Front Street, had her medical license temporarily suspended on April 9 and indefinitely suspended on April 22, after an investigation by state officials.

In response to the suspension, the Department of Health is recommending that current of former female patients, seen by Dr. Szada between 1994 and 2014 and had a procedure involving a speculum, to get testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Procedures involving a speculum include: routine women's health check-ups, pap smears and STD testing.

According to a release from the Department of Health, Dr. Szada has agreed to provide free testing for her patients and to contact patients via a letter. In the interim, patients can contact her at 717-986-0794 to discuss concerns.

For those who are uninsured, the Department of Health is offering two clinics at the I W ABEL Hall at 200 Gibson St. in Steelton on April 30 and May 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. While walk-ins are welcome at the clinic, the department encourages patients to pre-schedule appointments by calling, 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

For further information or assistance in finding testing options, patients can call 1-877-PA-HEALTH from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Patients of Dr. Szada's who are seeking their medical records should call her attorney, Daniel Grill, at 717-237-7115.

According to an Order of Temporary Suspension, Dr. Szada's license was temporarily suspended after investigators found dirty medical tools in a sink at her office, Szada admitted the tools had been in the sink for about a week without sterilization.

Szada also admitted to using Lysol liquid floor cleaner and Lysol spray to disinfect medical equipment, including tools for gynecological exams, then reused the instruments on different patients, according to the order.

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