Holyoke Medical Center, Caritas Carney Hospital, Milton Hospital, Milford Hospital

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
August 13, 2010
Georgetown , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

At least 32,750 files were found at the Georgetown Transfer Station in Georgetown, MA. Holyoke Medical Center is located in Holyoke, MA. Carney Hospital is located in Dorchester, MA. Milton Hospital is located in Milton, MA. Milford Hospital is located in Milford, MA.


Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
45 600
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A large pile of medical records was found at Georgetown Transfer Station public dump. The reports contained names, addresses, diagnosis, Social Security numbers, and insurance information. A medical billing company known as Goldthwait Associates is believed to be responsible. The medical records are mostly from pathology patients served at the hospitals between 2007 and March of 2010.

UPDATE (9/2/10): Holyoke reported that 24,750 patients were affected.  The exact number of patients affected from other medical centers is still unknown. Between 8,000 and 12,000 patients of Milton Hospital were affected.

UPDATE (10/11/10): Milton Pathology Associates, P.C. reported that a prior owner of Goldthwait Associates improperly disposed of patient information. Eleven thousand patients were affected.  Milford Regional Medical Center reports that the incident affected 19,750 patients.

UPDATE (01/07/2013): People associated with Goldthwait Associates, Chestnust Pathology Services, Milford Pathology Associates, Milton Pathology Associates, and Pioneer Valley Pathology Associates agreed to collectively pay $140,000 to settle allegations related to the breach.