AG to deal with papers abandoned at Monsour
The state Attorney General's Office will determine the best way to secure patient records left in the abandoned Monsour Medical Center complex in Jeannette.
“We've been in contact with Sen. Kim Ward's office,” said Nils Frederiksen, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office. “We're aware of the issue and working to identify the best way to secure records and move forward from there.”
Federal officials are investigating how patient records containing intimate medical details and physicians' personnel files were abandoned amid the ruins of Monsour Medical Center when its administrators walked away from the failed hospital six years ago.
Ward, R-Hempfield, called the latest effort to seize the records a “relief.”
“The records are laying in there — anybody can go get them,” she said. “There are Social Security numbers in there — that's awful.”
Michael Monsour, CEO of the hospital when it closed, went to the stone house annex on the property Wednesday to remove financial records.
He told the Tribune-Review he properly secured the records and sealed the buildings to meet federal regulations. He said he did not realize the stone house building had been broken into until he read a newspaper article.
He did not remove any medical records from the annex Wednesday, he said.
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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