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Chinese Health Insurance Hack Hits the Yakima Valley

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YAKIMA, WA. -- Community Health Systems, a company that owns more than 200 hospitals nationwide, including Regional Medical Center and Toppenish Community Hospital, was hacked by a Chinese based cyber attack.


The attack happened between April and June and reportedly compromised the information of more than four million patients. These Chinese hackers didn't take medical history or credit card information, but the information they stole is just as bad.


They took names, addresses, birthdays, cell phone numbers and worst of all, social security numbers. This all came to light on Monday and it leaves patients wondering why they were told so late. 


Hacking, the invisible thief, has struck close to home. But unlike recent reports, Yakima Regional Hospital patients were not the ones affected. According to a Yakima Regional spokesperson, the information that was stolen earlier this year came from the clinics associated with Regional Hospital. Places like Ahtanum Ridge Family Medicine were we spoke with Sharon Foster Tuesday.  


"It is scary," Sharon Foster said. "I want to know, why didn't they send out a letter or notice before?"


Sharon says she isn't worried about her own information being stolen but she is concerned about her 8-year-old son Maverick. 


"I'm worried what's going to happen with my children's records," Sharon said. "My mom is very sick, what are they going to do with her stuff, with her information?"


A Regional Spokesperson said in an email statement: "We take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and we sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients. Though we have no reason to believe that this data would ever be used, all affected patients are being notified by letter and offered free identity theft protection."


But for Sharon that is not enough. 


"Their statements are so vague, let's go into a little bit more detail," Sharon said. 


On Tuesday, patients are being told that the company knows which clients info was stolen. Letters will be sent out August 30th to those affected. But if you would like to know sooner, an 800 number will be set up for patients to call.


Until then, that leaves patients like Sharon and Maverick in the dark, hoping their information is still safe. 


A list of local clinics associated with Yakima Regional Medical Center: 


Ahtanum Ridge Family Medicine

1420 Ahtanum Ridge Drive

Union Gap, WA 98903


Cardiac & Thoracic Institute of Central Washington

111 S. 11th Avenue

Suite 120

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Valley Vascular Center

111 S. 11th Avenue

Suite 201

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Washington Endocrine Center

111 S. 11th Avenue

Suite 321

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Washington Internal Medicine

111 S. 11th Avenue

Suite 321

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Washington Occupational Medicine - Yakima

206 South 11th Avenue

Suite 48

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Washington Occupational Medicine - Toppenish

516 West 4th Avenue

Toppenish, WA 98948


Central Washington Orthopedic Surgeons

111 S. 11th Avenue

Suite 320

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Washington Pain Clinic

111 S. 11th Avenue

Suite 320

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Washington Rehabilitation Clinic

110 South 9th Avenue

2nd Floor

Yakima, WA 98902


Central Washington Surgical Associates

505 West 4th Avenue

Toppenish, WA 98948


Selah Clinic (Family Medicine)

715 North Park Drive

Selah, WA 98942


Summitview Family Medicine

6201 Summitview Avenue

Suite 106

Yakima, WA 98908


Terrace Heights Family Physicians

2501 Business Lane

Yakima, WA 98901


Toppenish Adult Medicine

505 West 4th Avenue

Toppenish, WA 98948


Vintage Valley Family Medicine

915 Vintage Valley Pkwy

Suite 200

Zillah, WA 98953

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