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Medical records found blowing around Research Hospital

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Medical records are meant to be kept between doctor and patient, but hundreds of those documents were found blowing out of a hospital's dumpster Monday.

KCTV5 News looked for just a few minutes and found three medical records blowing in the weeds across from Research Medical Center on East 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue.

The medical records, which detailed intimate procedures and treatments, appear to have come from patients, possibly former patients, at Midwest Women's Healthcare.

One man, who asked to be anonymous, said there were hundreds of records blowing out of the Dumpsters.

"Social security numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, types of procedures, who their doctor is," the man said. "I saw documents, blowing from a dumpster that was clearly not secured, not even covered up and unlatched."

The man said the fact is that he could be anyone, and now he held at least 70 patients' private health information in his hands.

"With the wind blowing today there were many documents blowing from it, more than I could even catch if I wanted to," he said. "What blew away was way more than this."

The man said he saw hundreds of pink papers blowing from the dumpster.

"I just put myself in their situation; if it was my documents I'd want to gather them up," the man said. "Nothing was shredded, everything intact, credit card info, payment information."

He is handing over what he has to the hospital, but wants to share the story with patients, so that what happened cannot be covered up.

"I was shocked given that when you have medical procedures done you expect your privacy to be intact. There was no privacy at all," he said.

Taking a closer look at the documents, they all appear to be from 2011, all with women's gynecological appointment information, tests and procedures that were performed.

"At Midwest Women's Healthcare, maintaining patient privacy is a top priority. We are aggressively investigating this issue and will take appropriate action based on our findings," the hospital said in a written statement.

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