St. Mary’s apologizes for employees’ ‘wall of shame’ that showed confidential medical information


HOSPITAL RECORDS FROM
PREVIOUS VISITS AS A
PATIENT WERE TARGETTED.>
THIS WALL OF SHAME —
COMPLETE WITH A LABEL —
HUNG INSIDE A CABINET AT ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO AN
INVESTIGATION BY THE MAINE
HUMAN RIGHTS
COMMISSION… THE DISPLAY INCLUDED
PRIVATE INFORMATION ABOUT
PATIENTS’ SEXUAL
ACTIVITY… GENITALS… BOWEL MOVEMENTS… AND
BODILY ODORS… AMONG
OTHER ITEMS.>
MYKAYLA MCCANN SAYS SHE
FOUND IT ON HER FIRST DAY OF
WORK IN JUNE OF 2015. SHE TOOK A LEAVE OF
ABSENCE FOR A MEDICAL
CONDITION THE FOLLOWING
SPRING. WHEN SHE RETURNED… SHE
SUSPECTED COWORKERS HAD
BEEN IMPROPERLY LOOKING
THROUGH HER MEDICAL
RECORDS… AND REPORTED THAT —
ALONG WITH THE WALL OF SHAME
— TO HOSPITAL OFFICIALS IN
SEPTEMBER 2016. THE REPORT SAYS ONE
EMPLOYEE WAS FIRED AND
ANOTHER DISCIPLINED FOR
HARASSMENT… AND THE
DISPLAY WAS EVENTUALLY
TAKEN DOWN.>
THE STATE TOOK UP THE CASE
IN FEBRUARY 2017… AFTER
MCCANN
HAD LEFT HER JOB AT THE
HOSPITAL. THE COMMISSION’S
REPORT… WHICH
SURFACED THIS WEEK…>
…FOUND EVIDENCE OF A
HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
FOR
MCCANN BECAUSE OF
DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION. IT DID NOT FIND EVIDENCE
TO SUPPORT HER CLAIM THAT
THE HOSPITAL RETALIATED
AGAINST HER.>
TODAY… THE PARENT
COMPANY OF ST. MARY’S —
COVENANT HEALTH IN
MASSACHUSETTS — ISSUED
THIS STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT COMING OUT… áQUOTEá “WE DEEPLY
REGRET THAT THIS SITUATION
OCCURRED BACK IN 2016, AND
WE SINCERELY APOLOGIZE FOR
THE IMPACT THIS SITUATION
HAS HAD ON MS. MCCANN. ? WE ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO
ENSURING THIS DOESN’T
HAPPEN AGAIN.”
THE COMMISSION SAYS A
MEDIATION MEETING IT HELD
FOR THE HOSPITAL AND MCCANN EARLIER THIS YEAR DID NOT
RESULT IN A RESOLUTION OR
SETTLEMENT… LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN FOR
HER TO FILE A LAWSUIT GOING
FORWARD. I REACHED OUT TO MCCANN’S
LAWYER FOR COMMENT ON
THAT… BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BAC

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