Update: The story of Dr. Stephen Stein, an oral surgeon whose possible re-use of needles over a twelve-year period has led the state health department to suggest that at least 8,000 of his patients be tested for HIV and hepatitis, has gone national. And while Stein has yet to be charged with a crime ... More >>
Although Kristen Parker, the surgical tech who infected dozens of Rose Medical Center patients with the hepatitis C virus in 2008 and 2009, is now serving a thirty-year prison sentence, the fallout from her crimes continues to keep a scrum of attorneys busy. In recent court filings in a patient laws ... More >>
Libby SzaboWe can expect plenty of over-the-top negative ads and low blows in the next few days as this gruesome election cycle enters its final days. But a mailer sent out by Republican statehouse candidate Libby Szabo, trying to paint Rep. Sara Gagliardi as a typical tax-and-spend Dem, is j ... More >>
Max & T's.It was one of those moments when the personal and the professional collided. On Friday, my wife and I were in Grand Lake when a summer storm passed through -- so we took refuge at Max & T's Bar and Grill, where we ate a delicious lunch. Then, the next morning, I opened up my Denver ... More >>
How can Kristen Parker make amends? Last Friday U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn threw out a plea bargain deal for former Rose Medical Center employee Kristen Parker, who admitted infecting surgical patients with hepatitis C through needles contaminated by her own drug use. No real surpri ... More >>
Kristen Parker in a photo from deleted MySpace page -- before she started caring.Remember Kristen Parker, the surgical tech who passed her case of hepatitis-C to at least fifteen patients at Rose Medical Center via needles she'd used on herself?
As part of her plea agreement in the case, she ... More >>
There's still a month to go before the year ends -- plenty of time for more people to join the elite flock of fuck-ups for 2009 (and for Josh McDaniels to get back on the list, after his last-second reprieve with yesterday's win).
Still, there's been no shortage of Colorado turkeys this year ... More >>
In this week's Westword, reporter Alan Prendergast investigates the gnarly addiction and spotty oversight that led to dozens of patients at Rose Medical Center being infected with hepatitis C. The offending junkie, Kristen Parker (right), has earned the contempt of all of Denver. But she's no ... More >>
Rose Medical Center.This week's cover story, "Going Viral," looks into how one drug-seeking hospital worker probably infected dozens of Colorado surgery patients with hepatitis C -- and the emotional fallout of Kristen Parker's recklessness for the patients, several of whom are speaking out h ... More >>
Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie.One of the best new television series of the summer season is Showtime's Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco, of The Sopranos fame. At first blush, the title character seems like a fairly typical medical-TV creation: She's a sassy wife and mother who's so fiercely dev ... More >>
Kristen Parker shows off the girls in a photo from her now-offline MySpace page.
As noted in a blog yesterday, operating-room tech/accused hepatitis-C passer Kristen Parker's public comments about the possible infection of patients at two different Colorado medical facilities were limited to quotes ... More >>
Photo by David BarberJohn Baxter and Matty Clark play skins and skins.
In the flesh.
Today in Backbeat Online:
• Westword Music Showcase Awards Wrap Up.
• Q&A with Asher Roth.
• Deejay Diabolic competing to spin at Lollapalooza.
• Fake Problems cancels Larimer Lounge date.
• Tickle Me Pi ... More >>
A Kristen Parker photo sure to strike a chord with Rose Medical Center patients.
Outrage continues to build over Kristen Parker, a surgical tech who was formally charged in federal court yesterday with multiple counts related to the exposure of patients at Rose Medical Center to hepatitis-C. The ma ... More >>
Photo by Cajun BoyMongo meets meat.
Everyone form a line.
Today in Cafe Society:
• Hot Diggity Dog: Denver's Mongo Marquez joined the big leagues at Nathan's on July 4.
• Civic Center Eats: Sweet Revenge cookies.
• Tonight: Frasca wines paired with small plates from MiniBAR.
• Where am I d ... More >>
A photo of Kristen Parker from her MySpace page.
In Denver, most of the coverage about Kristen Parker, an operating-room technician who's been charged with exposing patients to hepatitis C for swapping dirty syringes filled with saline for new ones loaded with the painkiller fentanyl, has focused o ... More >>