Employees at a Maine hospital created a 'wall of shame' revealing the private information of disabled patients — including their sexual activity and body functions — investigators found

Business Insider | 10/4/2019 | Mack DeGeurin
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A 2018 investigation by the Maine Human Rights Commission found that several employees at St. Mary's hospital had obtained the confidential medical records of disabled patients and posted them on a "wall of shame."

The wall included detailed accounts of disabled patients' sexual activity and descriptions of their genitals, bowel movements, and body odor.

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Hospital administrators launched an investigation that they said would be completed in weeks, but it took four months for the wall of shame to be removed.

In light of recent articles highlighting the abusive conduct, the hospital and its parent company have issued public apologies.

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A hospital in Maine has apologized after reports revealed several of its employees had collected the confidential medical records of disabled patients and used them to construct a cruel collage they referred to as "The Wall of Shame." The collage was located inside a cabinet and displayed the detailed accounts of disabled patients' sexual activity and descriptions of their genitals, bowel movements, and body odor, according to a 2018 report filed by the Maine Human Rights Commission.

The Human Rights Commission described the collage of personal medical records as, "objectively offensive."

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"The information posted on Shame Wall was intended to demean and humiliate and included supposed 'jokes' about the hospital's physically and mentally disabled patients," the report reads. The Human Rights Commission's report was part of the public record but their gruesome findings remained largely unknown prior to a story released this week by The Bangor Daily News.

Photos of the wall of shame submitted to the Human Rights Commission report and seen by the Bangor Daily News, highlighted some of the cruel "diagnoses," made by the hospital technicians including: "cramps/bloated/thing," "Drooping eyelids," "butt wounds," "unable to insert tampon," and "sour smell of **** with occasional itching."

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