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A number of employees at a Chicago-area hospital have been fired for violating hospital policies related to inappropriate access of Jussie Smollett’s patient files, according to local news sources.

Many of the employees of Northwestern Memorial Hospital say they are innocent of any wrongdoing, WBBR reported, citing anonymous sources and employees from the hospital.

According to sources who spoke to the station, 60 or more employees lost their jobs over the incident, although the hospital has not confirmed that.

Smollett was treated in the emergency room of Northwestern on Jan. 29, the day he claimed he was assaulted by two men while walking in a Chicago neighborhood around 2:00 a.m. The actor claimed that in addition to racial and homophobic insults, he was beaten, a rope was put around his neck and a chemical was poured over him.

After a police investigation into the alleged incident, Smollett was charged with filing a false police report after staging the attack. On Thursday, he was indicted on 16 felony counts.

WBBR quoted former hospital employees who said they were fired even though they had never accessed Smollett’s records.

Others said they did have legitimate access to the records but were still terminated.

“It’s devastating. It’s humiliating,” one fired employee said. “I had told them on several occasions that I did not enter the records and I didn’t understand how having those names on the screen is my entering the records.”

However, WMAQ, another Chicago station, quoted one employee who admitted accessing the records out of “morbid curiosity.” The former employee’s name was withheld.

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted an unnamed administrator who said she was fired for discussing with a co-worker whether Smollett had been admitted under an assumed name.

The hospital has declined to comment about the firings, saying it’s an issue involving personnel as well as HIPAA regulations.

Attorney Erin Jackson, who does not represent the hospital, said that if records have been wrongfully accessed, it gets complicated quickly.

“At some point they’ll have to report the breach to the Department of Health and Human Services, and at some point they also need to tell Jussie that his records were accessed in an unauthorized way,” she told WBBR.

Jackson said HIPAA laws are very clear.

“HIPAA has a requirement that people only have access to the minimum necessary information to do their jobs, so if they’re not involved in treating him, they shouldn’t have access to even his name,” she said. “The consequences are grave. We’re talking about huge fines, potentially criminal liability.”

She said hospitals need to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for breaches.

“Part of being a great medical center is being able to protect your patients’ privacy, and if you can’t do that, you’re going to lose the trust of patients,” she said.

The hospital’s policy for violations of patients is spelled out in a document WBBR said it obtained.

“Level 3 violations, which include intentionally accessing a patient’s record for which he/she has no business purpose to do so are punishable by termination or legal action,” the station said, quoting the policy.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Grace Joy

    March 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Racist, Progressive, Leftist Jussie: The gift that keeps on giving.

    • Edward Crawford

      March 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Like the “CLAP”!!

    • Donna Paiva

      March 13, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Gee. Think I smell a left lib rat muddying up the stink Smollet made

      • Tammi L Wilson

        March 26, 2019 at 10:47 pm

        Yep

  2. Carly

    March 10, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Interesting how 60 health care providers can be fired because they may have looked or talked about Smollett’s case. So people are fired because of a potential privacy leak of this moron, but every day there are health care providers who are abusing, raping, mistreating patients and nothing happens to them! One doctor even amputated the wrong leg, Muslims “doctors” cut girls for FGM, nurses mistreat vets. So privacy abuse is grounds for firing, but mistreating patients is not???? Is this black privilege?? Gay privilege?? Celebrity privilege?? Democrat privilege?? Asshole privilege??? Ridiculous!!

  3. Anonymous

    March 10, 2019 at 10:50 am

    The 60 health care providers should sue Smollett because they shouldn’t have had to deal with him in the fist place since it was all faked. They were put into an unnecessary situation by this bozo, not to mention their time that was wasted that should have been spent caring for real patients.

  4. Veronica Petrella

    March 10, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    In the original report that Jussie filed he described his assailants in many ways one of which was two WHITE men. I capitalize WHITE for if anybody cares to notice, once the report was declared a scam the “News” Media has very conveniently been leaving out the words White men in stating Jussie’s report. This is so horrific that Mainstream Media is now once again showing how racist, biased, bigotted and unbalanced they are.

  5. M

    March 10, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Jews should leave the racist Hitler NAZI Commie Demoncrat party plantation and hop on the MAGA train to unity and success!

  6. N

    March 10, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Treason is a badge of honor for the Godless NAZI Commie liberal Racist Demoncrat Party and RINOs! The party of hate, hypocrisy, lies, deception, Fake News (Russian Collusion and Jussie M hoax) the list is endless! And the clueless minions that follow them!

  7. LST

    March 10, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Who gives two shits? I wouldn’t give one shit about this lying queer-boy.

  8. Henry Fechner

    March 11, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Just wondering if the hospital workers that were fired because of his alleged staged attack might be able to sue him in civil court.

  9. Patty

    March 18, 2019 at 6:11 am

    They’re Covering Up Evidence.

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