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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 255-9047, Pager

Date: June 14, 2011


First Time New Law Used

Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) obtained an order to close the Center for Dermatology, operated by Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite, at Suite 201, 230 Beiser Blvd. in Dover yesterday. An unannounced inspection was conducted jointly on Monday by DPH and the Delaware Department of State's Division of Professional Regulation (DPR) secondary to several complaints received by DPR. This inspection found the facility poses a substantial risk to the health and safety of patients. The order also extends to a second location at 118 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, DE.

HB 47 which amended 122(3), Title 16, was signed by Gov. Jack Markell on May 4. The law provides DPH and DPR with the authority to investigate and inspect unsanitary or unsafe conditions in certain facilities where invasive medical procedures are performed based upon complaints. This law also provides DPH with the authority to close these facilities if deemed necessary to protect the public. This is the first time this new authority has been exercised.

In addition to DPH's investigation of the facility, DPR is investigating the physician.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.