2 Iowa nursing home employees fired over photo

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Two employees at a Johnston nursing home have been fired for posting at least one inappropriate photo of a resident on a social media website, The Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1ej1Lwz) Saturday.

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston, confirming the firings. The center, a subsidiary of the Des Moines-based Mercy Medical Center, reported the incident to the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and to Johnston, the newspaper said.

At least one of those photos was posted online. Officials did not say whether they believed other inappropriate photos of the resident or other residents had been posted online.

Officials also would not detail the nature of the photos, but said they violated “the personal dignity of residents.”

“Publishing such photos of a resident, allegedly taken by rogue employees, not only violates Mercy and Bishop Drumm’s core values, it also violates the human dignity of the resident,” Bishop Drumm President Brian Farrell said.

Farrell said all employees are educated about protected health information and resident privacy, “which includes photos.”

“In addition, they learn about elder abuse and how to prevent it,” he said. “Such behavior cannot and will not be tolerated.”

The family of the resident in the photos has been notified of the incident, said Matt Meyer, a spokesman for Mercy Medical Center.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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