Akron General fires employees for patient privacy violations in hospital shooting case

Cheryl Powell reports:

Akron General Medical Center employees were fired recently for violating hospital and federal privacy rules involving the fatal shooting of a patient in the intensive-care unit.

John H. Wise, 66, is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Barbara, at the hospital Aug. 4. She died the next day.

Hospital spokesman Jim Gosky confirmed Thursday that “a small number” of hospital employees were terminated for accessing computerized patient records in the case even though they weren’t involved with the patient’s care.

Gosky declined to say how many workers lost their jobs so far in the ongoing investigation. He also would not specify their positions.

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