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Soon to be former landmark in Peraica's districtThe former chief of staff for Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica is suing his former boss and a local hospital, alleging he was wrongfully fired after his hospital records were unlawfully accessed.
Terrence G. Austin, 42, of Bridgeview, was Peraica's chief of staff when found comatose in his home and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center on July 7, 2005.
Police found a hypodermic needle in Austin's home and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia July 9, 2005. Two days later, Peraica placed Austin on an unpaid leave of absence from his $78,345-a-year job.
A month later, Peraica fired Austin. Austin had worked for the county since 1991.
At the time, Peraica was running for county board president.
"I think that as far as I was concerned, the damage was pretty well done" to the reputation of his office, Peraica said.
Austin claims his firing was based on the illegal release of his confidential hospital records. He produced a letter from the hospital showing an employee named Katie Higgins accessed his records on July 8, 2005, for unknown reasons other than "treatment, payment, and operations," which are permitted.
Attempts to contact Higgins were unsuccessful.
Austin's lawsuit accuses Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation of violating his privacy under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
A spokesman for Advocate declined to comment.
Austin, who has been unemployed since his termination, is seeking damages from both parties and a comparable replacement job

8 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Austin's lawsuit accuses Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation of violating his privacy under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)."

    When it rains it pores. Now, your own private medical records can be exposed. It is good thing that the guy was not admitted at Stroller Hospital. Speaking of Stroller Hospital, how is that hospital doing?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    I heard back from the Mayor of Berwyn. There might be an effort to try to save the Car Kabob. I will let you all know if anything else happens.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "I will let you all know if anything else happens."

    Will do... :D
    SP Biloxi said...
    Kittybowtie:

    Is this what you are talking about?

    Ill. town to remove eight-car art piece

    BERWYN, Ill., July 10 (UPI) -- The mayor of Berwyn, Ill., said the city plans to remove a piece of art featuring eight automobiles stuck on a steel pipe to make way for a Walgreens.

    Berwyn Mayor Michael O'Connor said the Spindle, which was made famous by the "Wayne's World" movie in 1992, could be moved to another location, but the feat would require $300,000 to accomplish, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

    O'Connor said he doesn't believe residents would be willing to use tax dollars to move the art.

    "The Spindle has always been a controversial thing," he said.

    Dustin Shuler, creator of the piece, said dismantling the Spindle would be "painful" and "a loss for Chicago."

    "Personally, I would have moved the Walgreens (site) and left the Spindle where it is," he told the Sun-Times.

    The Spindle, which was erected in 1989, began with a $75,000 budget and "we went over that," Shuler said, adding to the newspaper that the foundation "is hellacious -- it's 30 feet into the ground."


    At least you hear from your mayor. My mayor is weekend at Bernies..
    SP Biloxi said...
    Kittybowtie:

    You may want to have a city petition for people to sign to save car pileup art if the public opposes the building of the Walgreen store. A couple of years back a state blocked Walmart from building the Walmart superstore from city petitions. Keep us posted. :D
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The boss is not going to let me travel to Berwyn to collect siggies on a petition. But, if there is some non-profit that steps in to take donations, I'll give them some money.

    Speaking of money, Biloxi, you are going to laugh your ass off at Gov. Blago blowing $600 smackers of state money on a makeover for one speech. The make up artist already paid the state back and he will have to pay the bill out of his own pocket.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "The make up artist already paid the state back and he will have to pay the bill out of his own pocket."


    LOL! Blago is stupid!!!
    SP Biloxi said...
    "The boss is not going to let me travel to Berwyn to collect siggies on a petition."

    LOL! Doesn't your boss know that Roots is over? Shackles are obsolete. ;-)

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