Woman Beaten To Death By Boyfriend, Family Suing Hospital

A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a woman who was beaten to death by the man lawmen say later shot and killed a Lenoir County deputy.

Cindi Knighten was found dead at her home in Bridgeton last April. Authorities say hey boyfriend, Clarence Phillips beat her so badly she died, before going to Lenoir County where he gunned down Lenoir County deputy Allen Pearson. Phillips was killed in the gunfire exchange.

Now Cindi Knighten's family is suing Onslow Memorial Hospital for invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit claims that hospital employees were passing around x-rays of Knighten after her death. She had worked at the hospital in Jacksonville for more than a dozen years.

A hospital spokesperson won't comment because of the ongoing litigation.


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  • by Tan Location: maine on Feb 25, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    To T is right, its HIPAA. Just sayin ;)
  • by To T... Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 11, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    This is a horrible violation of privacy if it's true. And mr/ms smartypants (T)....it is HIPAA, not HIPPA. It's Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. If you're going to correct someone in an attempt to make yourself sound smarter, at least get it right, lol.
  • by newbie Location: jacksonville on Feb 11, 2010 at 04:31 PM
    1--this girl was dead, I don't think pictures were needed to instruct, 2--you have got to be kidding, you take picures so new hires can get ready? that is awful, 3--hippa, hipaa, hippo, whatever, it is wrong to view the misfortune of others for the wow factor, 4--health care workers, law enforcement workers, god bless you, we need you, no one is disrespecting you, 5--whether digital, film, etc, the hospital admits they did it, they just can't seem to admit its wrong.
  • by T Location: Pirate nation on Feb 11, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    Kathy,I am a firefighter/medic, and have been for 12 years. I am well versed in HIPPA issues as well. It is very common that after a trauma, we talk amongst ourselves to see what we did good, as well as things we might have done differently. It is also very common we take photos of traumas, fire related deaths to show new hires some of the things they may come across. That being said, we never, never show these photos to civilians. Now, I think you give yourself a little to much credit. I mean "only a few notches below those of the Secret Service. C'mon now. I am quite confident you know your job, and know it well. What you need to remember is you are administrative, and do not quite understand that x-rays, photos, etc. can actually help those of us in the medical field. I am not on here to bash you, however admin. and what we do is totally different.BTW, it is HIPPA, not HIPAA. Remember "Health information portability and protection act". Enough said.
  • by xoxo Location: eastern NC on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    I work in health care, and administration gets in the way of health care delivery...the majority are worthless....
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Feb 11, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    I am a protector of medical records in an outsourcing company with over 5000 employees nationwide in over 400 hospitals. I have a security clearance that is only a few notches below those of the Secret Service who protect the president. I think I might have a little more experience with HIPAA than any of the ridiculous posts on this site who profess to know so much. First, HIPAA is to protect the patient, not the hospital. Second, ANYBODY who discussed this patient's medical record was breaking the law. Anybody who discussed or even saw or passed around x-rays is breaking the law. They ALL can be sued and heavily fined in court. The patient's family does have the right to sue and sue they should. They can actually sue the hospital and every single person who, without proper cause, saw or discussed this patient's x-rays or medical record. What was done in this case is absolutely why we have HIPAA. I hope the family sues for much more than $30,000, they deserve it. Enough said.
  • by L & D RN Location: jacksonville on Feb 11, 2010 at 01:07 AM
    I am an RN for more than 30 years. I don't feel that "you better hope" I will be there for you. Rest assured, I will be there for you. Of course if you have a health care problem, you will see a health care professional. You can trust me to care for you and your family with dignity and respect, to the utmost of my ability. I won't share your information, or talk about you, or judge the way you lived or died. I will be there for you, hold your hand, pray, care for you. I have a grip, a grip on what I do this for and what patients need. If I make a mistake, I learn from it, admit it, apologize, and TRY TO CORRECT IT. I don't hide, make excuses, pretend it doesn't matter. OMH officials have created an atmosphere where the coverup and excuse is paramount, not the patient experience and healing environment. Unfortunately in our country, the only way the corporations will admit doing wrong is if someone calls them on it and sometimes the only way to call them is to sue.
  • by Jacksonville jaybird Location: Jacksonville on Feb 10, 2010 at 08:25 PM
    I don't think there is ANY excuse for this action by hospital employees. It is so sad that people find interest in the sadness of others. The hospital should just admit they are wrong, apologize, and tell us, THE PUBLIC, what they are going to do to change the way they act. We may not be able to totally police our companies, but we can find problems and solve them. It sounds this like organization thinks it is TOO BIG TO ADMIT THEY ARE WRONG. Sound familiar? If the employees truly loved her, a moment of silence would have been more appropriate than a quick peek at a horrible death.
  • by RN on Feb 10, 2010 at 07:22 PM
    The profession of health care is like all jobs. The vast majority follow all the rules. In my daily life I witness all professions/jobs being performed by the rules sometimes and then the low percentage that could care less. And then there is the percentage of the population that wouldn't work in a pie factory. No need to sue the low life. All of you, get a grip. You had better hope we are there for you when the car crashes or the heart skips a beat or worse yet cardiac arrest. We are dedicated to health care even if we pay our malpractice insurance to protect us from the ambulance chasers. Fess up, if you have a heart attack, would you rush to the ED or to your lawyers office. I rest my case.
  • by to xoxoxoxo on Feb 10, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    I'm not sure what you know about hospital administration, but I can tell you that most are VERY AND I MEAN VERY serious about HIPAA. There is a no tolerance policy at the hospital I work at and I can think of numerous occasions where employees were reprimanded and actually FIRED for any breach of privacy. Of course the disciplinary action was based on the offense. To violate HIPAA is just, well, dumb.
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