Two resign at Jackson after privacy breach

Jackson Health System announced Tuesday that two managers have resigned under pressure because of an alleged breach of patient privacy in the obstetrics unit in October at Jackson South Community Hospital.

Jackson spokesman Edwin O’Dell said that South’s chief nursing officer and the head of the obstetrics unit were given the opportunity to resign and did so. O’Dell did not give the names and said the system was not revealing other details because of patients’ privacy rights.

In a memo to county political leaders Tuesday, Chief Executive Carlos Migoya wrote: “While no patients were harmed as a result of this incident, we concluded that Jackson policies were indeed violated. Consistent with our culture of accountability, employees were terminated or otherwise disciplined. Appropriate reports were made to regulatory agencies.”

Migoya noted that “front-line employees at Jackson South took the appropriate actions to try preventing and recovering from this violation.”

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