Kern Medical Center


Bakersfield, CA
United States
35° 22' 23.8512" N, 119° 1' 7.3668" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
November 19, 2010
Bakersfield, CA
United States
Extra Info: 

Six other health facilities were fined. Each of the other six incidents involved fewer than 10 records and only the Kern incidents are included in the total.

Records Breached: 


The California Department of Public Health fined Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA, $250,000 for allegedly keeping patient records in an outside, unlocked locker, allowing for the theft of 596 patient records in 2009. For several months in 2009 a Kern Medical Center employee placed the daily lab reports in the broken locker outside the hospital until they were stolen one night. Six additional health facilities were also fined: Biggs Gridley Memorial Hospital, Gridley, Butte County; Children's Hospital of Orange, Orange, Orange County; Delano Regional Medical Center, Delano, Kern County; Kaweah Manor Convalescent Hospital, Visalia, Tulare County; Oroville Hospital, Oroville, Butte County; Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles County. The total amount of fines for the seven health facilities was $792,000.



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