UPMC hospital staff took inappropriate photos of patient

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 14, 2017 11:36 AM

FILE PHOTO: The signs marking the offices for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC, are seen on top of the U.S. Steel tower in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Bedford) -- The state Health Department has cited a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital where staff took photos and videos of a patient being treated for a foreign object lodged in their genitals.

UPMC says the behavior is "abhorrent and violates the mission of UPMC Bedford and the overall values of UPMC." The hospital network, Pennsylvania's largest, says it self-reported the violations.

An employee came forward to complain about the images circulating around the hospital. Another worker told investigators there were so many people crammed into an operating room taking photos on Dec. 23 that it was "like a cheerleader-type pyramid."

The Health Department says the hospital suspended one doctor for seven days and another for 28 days. It is also replacing the hospital's nursing director for surgical services.

UPMC acquired the Harrisburg-based hospital group PinnacleHealth at the beginning of the month following its acquisition of UPMC Susquehanna. 

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