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Staff at a Maine hospital erected a “wall of shame” that showcased the private medical records of disabled patients in 2016. So reports CNN, citing the state’s Human Rights Commission.

The confidential files detailed patients sexual activity, their private body parts and bodily functions, the commission notes. The hospital, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, issued a statement telling CNN that it is “fully committed to ensuring this doesn’t happen again.”

One patient, MyKayla McCann, who also worked at the hospital, said she endured months of harassment by co-workers. She alleges that at least two workers reviewed her private file. "Coworkers constructed a workplace display ridiculing patients with disabilities. [McCann] encountered the display every day as part of her regular environment, making harassment pervasive," the commission’s investigation noted. "The information posted on Shame Wall was intended to demean and humiliate and included supposed 'jokes' about the hospital's physically and mentally disabled patients.”

McCann resigned in January 2017. The hospital fired one person and issued a warning to another a month prior to McCann leaving. "We deeply regret that this situation occurred back in 2016, and we sincerely apologize for the impact this situation has had on Ms. McCann," St. Mary's said in a statement.

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