Mimbres Memorial Hospital officials said that limited personal identification data belonging to some patients who were seen at physician practices and clinics affiliated with Mimbres Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home over the past five years was transferred out of their organization in a criminal cyber-attack by a foreign-based intruder.
The transferred information did not include any medical information or credit card information, but it did include names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.
A media release from Mimbres Memorial said they take very seriously the security and confidentiality of private patient information and sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience to patients.
They added that though they have no reason to believe the data would be used, all affected patients are being notified by letter and offered free identity theft protection.
Community Health Systems believes the intruder was a foreign-based group out of China looking for intellectual property.