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Posted at 5:35 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Adventist mistakenly recycles patient info

By Lena H. Sun

Adventist Behavioral Health has notified 148 patients who visited its Rockville facility that documents containing their personal information were mistakenly placed in a paper recycling bin last week instead of being shredded, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

None of the documents contained patient medical records, spokeswoman Clarencia Stephen said. There were, however, administrative papers containing names and/or birth dates of patients.

Officials learned of the mistake Wednesday. An employee put the documents in a paper recycling bin, which was picked up by a recycling company. High winds then blew several hundred pages out of the recycling truck and around the facility.

Adventist officials recovered as many documents as possible and shredded them; remaining documents on the truck have also been destroyed, Stephen said.

Patients were notified of the error Monday.

The documents were dated from around Oct. 14 through Dec. 18. Adventist Behavioral Health is offering free identity protection services to affected patients.

The facility has also established an information line for patients, 301-251-4567. Anyone from the nearby community who might have discovered any documents may also call that number.

The Rockville facility served about 2,700 patients last year. Adventist Behavioral Health is the largest mental health provider in Montgomery County. It also has locations in Anne Arundel and Dorchester counties.

By Lena H. Sun  | January 4, 2011; 5:35 PM ET
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Adventist is an overgrown corporate medicine bully that does sloppy administrative work and bullies its medical professionals. I hope that the Adventist CEO's will have to personally pay for any damages done to the former patients financial records and receive a stiff fine for violating patient privacy.

Posted by: 10bestfan | January 5, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Once again 10bestfan rails against everything in society. I think the Post should compile all his comments for a fun read. I think this organization should be commended for coming forward. Most companies would try to hide it. This happens to a lot of companies where thousands of people are affected.

Posted by: kensingland | January 5, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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