Officials at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center are investigating whether a purported 321 employees illegally accessed the medical records of Johnnie W. Lee, a longtime employee who bled to death after routine surgery April 1.
When findings are available, Jackson VA officials said they will "take corrective action against all employees, if any, found to have violated patient privacy laws."
"Johnnie Lee was a great man," Wilkins said. "He was a 55-year-old Army veteran who had honorably served his country and had spent more than 25 years helping his fellow veterans.
" He said his widow hopes attention to his case will result in patient standards at the VA being "immediately addressed so that something like this does not happen to other veterans."
According to a complaint filed with the commission, Lee bled to death after VA officials left him in a room with a "wound vac," which uses negative pressure to withdraw fluids from wounds. Since 2007, at least a dozen people have died and 174 have been injured by the device with some bleeding to death, according to the FDA.