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Fired Nurse: Tiger Woods Is Key in Hospital Cover-Up

1/24/2011 7:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The nurse fired for allegedly leaking Tiger Woods' medical records last year claims Tiger is partly to blame for his newfound unemployment -- spurring a massive hospital cover-up that cost him his job.

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Nurse David Rothenberg -- who claims he's innocent -- filed new docs last Friday in his ongoing legal battle against the hospital that fired him ... insisting pressure from Tiger's side "may in fact be the motivation that led [the hospital] to severely punish" him.

According to the docs, Tiger's fame is "central to Mr. Rothenberg's claims that [the hospital] is engaged in a continuing cover-up" -- because if Tiger weren't a big name ... the hospital wouldn't have made such a stink about the records being leaked in the first place.

David claims the hospital is using him as a scapegoat to cover up the true reason for the leak -- the "lack of basic computer security for [the hospital's] patient health care system and the behavior of numerous doctors ... who inappropriately accessed [Tiger's] health care information."

As we previously reported, David is suing for defamation ... demanding $400,000 in damages.

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nurse    

I am a nurse, and every nurse is taught on day one that if you look or leak a patients information you can be fired, fined and lose your license. He knew the risk when he leaked the info.

1304 days ago
32.

LINDA    

He's an azz hole ! Fire the dumb b for not knowing the HIPPA laws !

1304 days ago
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Annie     

David claims the hospital is using him as a scapegoat to cover up the true reason for the leak -- the "lack of basic computer security for [the hospital's] patient health care system and the behavior of numerous doctors ... who inappropriately accessed [Tiger's] health care information."


David...not to bust your bubble, but YOU were the "lack of basic security". The hospital set up passwords. If you left yours keyed in and unattended, you bought your own ticket out!

1304 days ago
34.

Sheri    

If we don't get Obamacare repealed everybody's medical records will become public. This concerns me because we have a disabled child.

1304 days ago
35.

Jackie    

How can it's be Tiger's fault? your job is to keep the patient information confidential. YOU ARE IN A MESS DUDE.

1304 days ago
36.

jason    

Whether its Tiger, anna nicole, mj, Linsey lohan, They all leave a wake of **** behind them. Addiction, lies, cover ups. Its a tread I have noticed and I for one do feel bad for some of the regular folks that get caught up in the **** storms of the rich and famous

1304 days ago
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hassa    

37 & 40 - Tiger is no way at fault here -he deserves the same privacy as any other citizen - even you two. Would you want your private info to be viewed by someone else?

1304 days ago
38.

Van Wilder    

Another clown. Know the privacy laws btch.

1304 days ago
39.

Squeaky Shoes    

This tool should not be given the media attention he is obviously so desperately seeking...

Fact of the matter is, it doesn't make a lick of difference whose medical records you leaked, YOU leaked them and there are laws preventing that.

This guy is more of a moron than we might suspect if he thinks crying to the media is going to get him his job back! you broke not only the law, but hospital policy and patient confidentiality... fired? the hospital should sue HIM

1304 days ago
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Squeaky Shoes    

If we don't get Obamacare repealed everybody's medical records will become public. This concerns me because we have a disabled child.

Posted at 9:35 PM on Jan 24, 2011 by Sheri
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It's comments like that, which makes me actually proud to live in this frozen wasteland we call Canada.

Reforming the health care is a step in the right direction.. The USA is amoung the lowest rated healthcare countries in the world... even Cuba has better healthcare than you!

but if you'd all just like to keep your system of sending your sick and injured into chronic debt that wieghs down your entire country, because your overpaid insurance companies want to make money and not actually treat people, be my guest! no other government cared enough about you, now that you have one, you hate him for it!

lol, i love Americans...

1304 days ago
41.

hassa    

Do not know why this is tied to the new Health Care since one has nothing to do with the other. Good Post #41.

1304 days ago
42.

hassa    

#41 - good post. Don't know what the new Health Care has to do with this story, but the poster wanted to try to tie it together.

1304 days ago
43.

hassa    

Sorry for duplicate posts.

1304 days ago
44.

darisa    

for all of the so-called medical professionals who are commenting and think they know it all, it 's NOT HIPPA. It's Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

1304 days ago
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