May 10, 2006
No Foul Play At Dialysis Center
Five months after two people at the Southampton Hospital Regional Dialysis Center died within minutes of each other, the New York State Department of Health's full investigation confirmed its initial findings that the deaths were coincidental.
State department officials reviewed the hospital's medical records, conducted interviews, and examined and tested the facility's equipment and water. They reported that both dialysis machines passed temperature and conductivity tests. The case has been closed.
On December 29, 2005, Florence Knight, 67, and Charles Varacek, 69, had been receiving treatment from different dialysis machines at the satellite clinic when they went into cardiac arrest within about 10 minutes of each other. They were sent to different area hospitals but both died later that morning. Patients at the hospital's dialysis center receive treatment for end-stage renal disease, when their kidneys permanently fail to work.