Shark Bite Investigation Update

STUART, Fla. (AP) -- Stuart hospital officials say they're
disciplining several employees for taking and e-mailing photos of a
patient who was being treated for a shark bite and later died.

Martin Memorial Health System spokesman Miguel Coty said
Thursday that disciplinary actions range from written warning,
suspension and demotion to loss of position, but no employees have
been fired. Citing hospital policy, Coty would not release the
names of the employees or the number of people involved.

The investigation was launched earlier this month after the
hospital learned employees may have violated patient privacy laws.
Employees reportedly photographed Stephen Schafer, who was being
treated after a shark attack on Feb. 3. The Stuart man was later
pronounced dead.


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