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Southwest General patient information misplaced last month

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MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

Southwest General announced today, that on Dec. 5, 2013, it learned that a binder containing patient health information went missing.

The information in the binder related to an obstetrics quality study that Southwest General has been participating in with the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics and the Ohio Hospital Association and included patient information related to births from April through Oct. 2013.

Upon learning of the missing binder, Southwest General worked diligently to find the binder but has been unable to locate it. The binder included patients' names, medical record numbers, dates of birth and clinical information related to the birth. There was no financial information, Social Security numbers or medical records involved.

While Southwest General has no reason to believe that the information in the binder has been used in any way, as a precaution, it began sending letters to affected patients on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. If patients have any questions, or need additional information, they may call 440-816-8760.

Southwest General is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of the patient information it maintains, and it deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause its patients. Southwest General has existing policies and procedures in place to protect its patients' health information and has implemented further procedures to help prevent this type of incident from reoccurring.

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