PA: HHS opens investigation into closed Monsour Medical Center

Richard Gazarik reports:

Federal officials are investigating how patient records loaded with intimate medical details and doctors’ personnel files were abandoned amid the ruins of Monsour Medical Center when its administrators walked away from the failing facility six years ago.

The records, in easy reach of the vagrants, arsonists and other trespassers who frequent the condemned building, were uncovered this week when Jeannette city attorney Scott Avolio inspected parts of the trash-filled complex with a Tribune-Review reporter and photographer.

Read more on TribLive.

This is not the first time we’ve heard of records just abandoned at a hospital, of course. Previous similar situations (some of which were covered on this blog) include NHS Tayside, Strathmartine,  NHS Lanarkshire, and more recently, Belfast Health and Social Care (BHSC) Trust in the U.K., and Greater Detroit Hospital in the U.S., who paid civil penalties to Michigan. Patient records were also found at Forest Haven asylum in D.C. and Dolly Vinsant Hospital in Texas years after they were abandoned.

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