Saturday, November 29, 2003

TV interview violated dad's privacy at hospital, son says

The Associated Press

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Ohio man says Deaconess Hospital violated his father's privacy by allowing him to appear in the background of a television news interview without consent shortly before his death.

Steven Foreman of Zanesville, Ohio, has filed complaints with the Indiana Attorney General's Office, the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Officials at Deaconess said the hospital did not knowingly allow Wayne Foreman's image to be used in a news broadcast.

Wayne Foreman was taken to Deaconess after he suffered a stroke in September 2002.

Steven Foreman said he was at an Evansville hotel when he saw his father in the background of a TV newscast.

"We took care to notify the news media that if we had any patients in the shot we would have to get signed consent to use that footage," Deaconess spokesman Sam Rogers said. "They agreed with that. That was the last we knew until we heard about a complaint."

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