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ProMedica gives impacted patients identity theft protection service after security breach

OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Personal information and medical records of nearly 600 people may have been compromised at ProMedica's Bay Park Hospital in Oregon, and patients are on high alert.

How would you feel if someone had access to your name, birthday, and medical history? ProMedica officials say an employee accessed personal information and medical records of patients that employee was not directly treating. It happened sometime between April 2013 and April 2014.

Hospital officials and leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are focusing on alerting patients who may have been impacted. If your name is on the list you can expect to see a packet coming soon in the mail for you. If you're worried your information may be part of this breach, hospital leaders have some recommendations.

First, take advantage of a free one-year identify theft protection membership that is being offered to impacted patients from the hospital.

A 90-day fraud alert and freeze on your credit file is advised. Get a credit report, and keep an eye on your bank and charge card accounts.

Patients who do not receive letters and feel they may have been impacted, or patients who have more questions can e-mail promedicaprivacy@promedica.org.

At this point ProMedica leaders say they do not believe social security numbers and financial information is part of the breach. The worker accused of accessing this information is no longer employed there. The hospital is stepping up training and reviewing policies with current employees.There is no confirm

ProMedica representatives released the following statement:

"ProMedica Bay Park Hospital values patient privacy and deeply regrets that this incident occurred. The hospital is taking this matter very seriously. ProMedica immediately deactivated the employee's access to patient information and the individual is no longer employed by ProMedica. ProMedica Bay Park Hospital has completed an internal investigation and is taking precautions to prevent any further health information breaches. This includes additional training for employees to ensure they understand and follow patient information access policies."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services say they are in the early portion of the investigation and could not confirm or deny if the hospital is in jeopardy of losing their Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.

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ProMedica Bay Park Hospital notifying patients of privacy breach

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