Kristen Diane Parker Case Sparks Legislative Effort to Safeguard Patients

March 1 2010, 10:19 AM

"When I learned I had hepatitis C, it hit me like a ton of bricks," says Lauren Lollini, one of the many alleged victims of Kristen Diane Parker, the surgical technician who pleaded guilty to swapping dirty syringes to feed her drug addiction at Rose Medical Center in Denver and Audubon Ambulatory Surgical Center in Colorado Springs. Lollini attended a news conference on the steps of the Capitol Sunday flanked by Democratic state Representatives Sara Gagliardi and Debbie Benefield (via 7News). The two lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation this week that would help prevent what happened to patients like Lollini. The bills would require hospitals to report when workers like Parker are disciplined or fired under certain circumstances. They would also require improved background checks of any potential employees, according to 9News. To Lollini, the legislation represents a good first step toward seemingly common-sense safeguards. But, she points out, "if a hospital or a health-care facility is not going to do the checking, [legislation] isn't going to help." Parker was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week.