New Program To Make Mammography Records Available
State Senator Martin Golden with Council Member Vincent Gentile joined today with a group of local, state and federal elected officials as well as former patients of Bay Imaging to announce the release of thousands of medical records held hostage by the radiological imaging facility.
“Today, I am proud to announce that, after more than a year of struggle, thousands of records held hostage by Bay Imaging will finally be released to the patients who so desperately need them. I am also personally gratified to announce that Dr. Rubin Fleurantin, who owned Bay Imaging, currently sits in jail for contempt of court and his medical license has been taken away as a result of his actions,” Councilman Gentile said.
Through imprisonment, the Attorney General’s office was able to force Fleurantin hire Capital/ Nova Records Management to distribute medical information to his former clients. Finally, the hundreds of patients who were left without potentially life-saving records have the resolution they have been seeking
On August 18th of last year, Bay Imaging closed its doors abruptly and with no regard for the patients it served. It did not file a formal plan of closure with the State Department of Health and made no provisions to return records to their rightful owners.
Shortly thereafter, Gentile’s office began receiving telephone calls from the first of hundreds of constituents unable to retrieve personal medical records from Bay Imaging. In the majority of the cases, callers were women seeking the return of mammography films and associated records.
“I am as surprised today as I was the day I learned that a doctor would knowingly forsake his duty to his patients, abandon the principles of his profession, and behave in a manner that privileges himself above those in genuine need of medical care,” Gentile said. “But that is what Rubin and his brother Aram Fleurantin, the owners of Bay Imaging, did. They placed their financial gain over the very lives of the patients they served. They closed the doors of their medical practice and ignored my urging to do the correct thing and allow their former patients to retrieve their files.”
Gentile, along with Councilman Dominic Recchia Jr., Senators Marty Golden and Diane Savino, Congressman Vito Fossella and Assembly Members Alac Brook-Krasny and Janele Hyer-Spencer all banded together urging the Attorney General to step in and force Dr. Fleurantin to release this information. The group also encouraged constituents affected by the closure to write to the State Department of Health’s Office of Professional Misconduct to report Fleurantin’s seizure of personal medical data.
Sen. Savino knows first hand how the former of clients of Bay Imaging feel. “I too am a victim of Bay Imaging’s negligence. I sought out Dr. Fleurantin’s service for a mammography and my records were never released. I’m elated that I, along with the thousands of other clients of Bay Imaging now have answers,” she said.
Assemblywoman Hyer-Spencer shared those sentiments. “I’m pleased that the residents of Bay Ridge will have safe and secure access to their medical records albeit for a nominal fee,” said Hyer-Spencer. “Thank you to Capital/ Nova Records Management for taking on the arduous task.”
Assemblyman Brook-Krasny said, “I want to thank the Attorney General's office for looking into the matter and making Fleurantin hire Capital/Nova Records Management to ensure that medical records will be released to those who rightfully need them,. I also want to commend Councilman Vincent Gentile for taking the lead on this issue as well as my other colleagues in government. It was an effort that put aside party politics for the greater good of our community, and that's the kind of politics that gets the type of results our community deserves.”
“Today is truly great a day,” said Councilman Domenic Recchia, Jr. “After almost a year and a half after Bay Imaging shut its doors and abandoned the community, its former patients are finally getting their medical records that they so desperately need and are entitled to. It has been an honor to be able to work with all levels of government to bring justice and closure to so many affected by these greedy and negligent doctors.”
Capital/ Nova Records Management is in the process of indexes Bay Imaging’s medical records. The records management company has also established a hotline number specifically for Bay Imaging patients, according to Ken Kristopovich, lead sales manager for Nova. The number is (732) 698-2309.
Additionally, former Bay Imaging clients should complete the “Authorization for Health Information Disclosure” form and submit it to Capital/Nova Records Management, 9B Brick Plant Road, South River, NJ 08882 or fax the form to (732) 698-2045.Councilman Gentile added that clients can contact his office at 311 or stop by his district office at 8703 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209 for a copy of the form.