Celebrity Curiosity Costs Jobs of Workers at Octuplets' Hospital "It's an action we had to take," says a spokesman after staff are caught snooping into medical records By Johnny Dodd Johnny Dodd Instagram Twitter Senior Staff Writer, PEOPLEJohnny Dodd is a senior writer at PEOPLE, who primarily focuses on human interest, crime and sports stories. For more than two decades he has covered some of pop culture's biggest, most-tragic and most-talked-about stories—and interviewed a staggering assortment of A-list celebrities, extraordinary everyday people, thugs and even the occasional heroic family pet. Johnny has appeared on "The Today Show," "CNN," "Extra!" and numerous episodes of Investigation Discovery's "PEOPLE Magazine Investigates." He has also written three non-fiction books that have been translated into numerous foreign languages. Johnny's work over the years has earned over a dozen regional and national journalism awards, including a Hearst Fellowship. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 31, 2009 05:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Fame Nearly two dozen employees at Kaiser Permanante Medical Center in Bellflower, Calif., were recently fired or disciplined for peeking into the medical records of octuplet mom Nadya Suleman. “It appears that for these people curiosity got the better of them and that’s tragic because it led to job dismissals, which isn’t easy for us to do, but it’s an action we had to take,” says Kaiser spokesman Jim Anderson. Fifteen employees were fired and eight were disciplined for snooping into Suleman’s records without authorization. Anderson declined to divulge the job titles of the employees involved, but said, “They ran the whole gamut of the medical staff.” Hospital officials discovered Suleman’s medical records had been inappropriately accessed on two different occasions beginning three weeks ago while security personnel were monitoring Kaiser’s computer network. Anderson says none of the information appears to have been leaked or sold to the media. Kaiser officials notified Suleman about the matter on both occasions, shortly after the employees had either been fired or disciplined.