Open Heart Surgery Infections - Medical Professional Information


If you have a clinical question pertaining to one of your patients, or if you have a patient who requires additional evaluation for potential exposure to this bacteria, please call us toll-free at (866) 217-2970. One of our nurse case managers will then connect you to a clinician at our specialized NTM clinic.

Click here for important clinical guidance from WellSpan Infectious Disease Specialists.

Do you have a patient who requires monitoring or treatment related to this issue?

If you are treating a patient who may have been exposed to this bacteria during open-heart surgery at WellSpan York Hospital, we want to help ensure that patient has all the information, treatment and care they need related to this issue.

That’s why we have provided the following resources to you and other physicians across our communities:

  Ongoing communication regarding how best to care and treat these patients:

  Dedicated clinical and staff resources regarding treatment and billing questions related to this issue:

  Dedicated NTM clinic for patients who require follow-up monitoring and/or treatment:

  Additional resources and information related to this issue:

Additional Resources

"Astute clinicians paired with quick action to engage public health agencies has led to the identification of a firm link between patient infections and these devices. The collaborative work between public health officials and WellSpan York Hospital has helped provide critical data and evidence for national action."

- Dr. Joseph Perz, Lead Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State and Federal Resources Regarding NTM Bacteria and Heater-Cooler Units

European Resources Regarding NTM Bacteria and Infections in Open-Heart Surgery Patients

Information Regarding an NTM Outbreak at Greenville Health System in South Carolina

Please Note:

This webpage is intended only for patients of WellSpan York Hospital and their physicians. If you are a WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital open-heart patient, or you are a physician/APC of a WellSpan Good Samaritan open-heart patient, please visit our dedicated NTM webpage at