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No connection suspected between computer burglaries at Advocate hospitals in Park Ridge, Downers Grove

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 11:03 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Police and hospital officials don't believe the theft of two computers from Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital this month in Downers Grove is connected to the theft of four computers last month from Advocate's administrative office in Park Ridge that contained personal information of 4 million patients.

The four computers stolen in Park Ridge on July 15 contain information of 4.03 million patients spanning the Advocate hospital network, including patients at Good Samaritan, according to Good Samaritan Spokesperson Lisa Parro.

The data on the Park Ridge computers includes names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, according to Advocate Medical Group. The computers also housed limited clinical information, such as treating physicians and departments, diagnoses, medical record numbers, medical service codes, and health insurance data.

"Nothing leads us to believe that the computers were taken for the information they contained or that any patient information has been used inappropriately," Advocate Medical Group’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kevin McCune said in a statement.

In Downers Grove, two computers were reported stolen from Good Samaritan Hospital, 3815 Highland Ave., sometime between July 31 and Aug. 14. The theft was reported to police at 3:17 p.m. Aug. 14. Each computer was valued at $1,000 and there are still no suspects.

"There was no patient information on the two laptops that we reported stolen at Good Samaritan," Parro said.

McCune said in his statement that the 4.03 million patients possible affected are being notified and are being providing free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. AMG is also taking steps to reduce the possibility of this happening again, including the addition of 24/7 security personnel at the Park Ridge facility as well as new technical safeguards.

The stolen computers have not been recovered.

Individuals wishing to learn more should visit: www.patientnotice.org

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