Medical records abandoned at former Flint abortion clinic

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FLINT (WJRT) - (03/27/15) - A former abortion clinic near downtown Flint has sat vacant for years, but ABC12 News learned Friday that the building was far from empty.

Inside were hundreds of boxes of women's medical records left when the clinic closed its doors.

ABC12 News found out Friday that the man who was supposed to preserve those records is Dr. Abraham Hodari. He is the former owner of the Feminine Health Care Clinic.

In 2009, he was sued by a woman who claimed she was forced to have an abortion there.

That suit was settled out of court.

According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs records, Hodari is no longer licensed to practice as a physician.

When he closed down the Feminine Health Care Clinic in 2013, he abandoned hundreds of boxes filled with very private patient information.

ABC12 News talked a pro life activist who went into the facility earlier this month.

"The door opened and for me, the rest is history. It was all right there," she said.

She said when she looked inside, she saw hundreds of boxes of medical records, papers scattered all over the floor and piles of hypodermic needles.

"It was like 'oh my gosh.' I pulled out my cell phone, took video and left," she said.

It's believed all of these items were abandoned inside the clinic when it closed its doors.

ABC12 News tried to track Hodari down, but couldn't find him.

According to the state of Michigan, "...those records need to be shredded, incinerated, electronically deleted, or disposed of in a manner that ensures continued confidentiality of patient's health care information..."

The pro life activist said this is just one example of improper medical storage, and said people need to be their own advocates to make sure their records are safe.

"People expect privacy when you go to a doctor's office. This goes for every kind of doctor there is and perhaps this is a bigger problem on a state level and they need to address it," she said.

The building changed hands Friday afternoon. The new owners told ABC12 News that Hodari arranged to remove 573 boxes from the building.

If those medical records are not properly destroyed or stored in a safe place, he could face $10,000 in fines.



 
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