Mummified Rat in a Health Clinic: OIG Finds Substandard Conditions Persist at West Baltimore Facility

Symbolic of the neglect at the city-run health clinic at North and Pennsylvania avenues, a rat found dead in December 2020 remained undisturbed and mummified in a follow-up site visit 18 months later, Baltimore’s Inspector General noted in a report issued today.

Many of the same sanitary and maintenance problems – dead rodents in the basement, falling tiles in the ceiling, water leaks and broken toilet pipes – were uncorrected at the Druid Health District Building this summer, IG Isabel Mercedes Cumming wrote in the synopsis report.

Staff visited the clinic on July 14 in response to an anonymous complaint and a June inspection by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) that found the lack of ready access to safety needles, and Sharps Disposal Containers not properly mounted to the wall.