Can You Say HIPAA? (2014)

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Monsour Medical — Jeannette, Pennsylvania

The Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act is a 1996 United States law which defines policies, procedures and guidelines for maintaining the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information as well as outlining numerous offenses relating to health care and sets civil and criminal penalties for violations. (Title II of HIPAA).

In every office and in every passageway I traversed, there were patient records, billing information, X-rays and Ultrasound films  – along with obvious medial waste and sharps – don’t even ask about the Mardi Gras mask…

Note: I have purposefully shot this as to not include any patient medical information.

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Calling Doctor Gottlieb (2014)

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Monsour Medical — Jeannette, Pennsylvania

On his internship at Monsour Medical: “According to several different letters and evaluations that various supervisory physicians submitted, Dr. Gottlieb was not highly regarded either personally or professionally. Consequently, it was recommended that he not continue his residency program at the Monsour Medical Center. Indeed, one physician, Dr. Thomas L. Whitten went so far as to write that he did not believe that Dr. Gottlieb was teachable, he represents a significant liability to his preceptors, and most of all is a potential menace to any patient he may treat.” Dr. Whitten added that “Dr. Gottlieb is the most contrary person I have ever had the misfortune to know.” —  text from State of Wisconsin v. Jeffery Gottlieb — LS0206193MED – October 23, 2002 (License revocation trial)

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Darkness and Decay (2014)

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Monsour Medical — Jeannette, Pennsylvania

After four bankruptcies and State provisional operating licenses, loss of insurance payment certification, prohibition of surgeries and administration of anesthesia; Monsour Medical closes its doors in March of 2006. There is truly and air of misery associated with this place that I have not gotten from visits to other abandoned structures – all of which seems to be reflected in the condition of the building.

Nikon D80 with 12mm at f9 for 30 seconds, ISO 100 – hand-held flashlight used to “paint” in light to the darkened areas of the hallway.

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Up and Over (2014)

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Monsour Medical — Jeannette, Pennsylvania

Just beside what I refer to as the “doctors lounge” there was a low roof with a set of box spring leaning up against it…above was a very narrow slit window that was open…so I took the opportunity which was presented to me to go up, over and inside Monsour.

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Hosp Only (2014)

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Monsour Medical — Jeannette, Pennsylvania

Nothing says quality medical care like a sign painted in freehand on a exterior wall beside the emergency room entrance with the word “hospital” abbreviated. The “profitable” Pain Clinic at Monsour closed  after two Pennsylvania Health Department inspections were conducted and found a large number of violations in regard to patient safety, confidentiality and the control of drugs…

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Welcoming You Around Back (2014)

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Monsour Medical — Jeannette, Pennsylvania

As most of you know, I never attempt entry using a frontal assault.  At the rear of the medical center, behind the guard shack, was what looked to be a promising entry point. However when I passed through the torn plywood barrier, I entered the mechanical room – tunred into a shooting gallery by junkies – an area with no access to the center…so it was time to try another approach.

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