Elizabeth M. Cosin reports:
A thumb drive containing health records of nearly 34,000 patients was stolen from a Santa Rosa medical office last week, officials said Wednesday.
The drive was stolen June 2 from an unlocked employee locker at the former Redwood Regional Medical Group imaging center at 121 Sotoyome Dr., according to St. Joseph Health, which operates the office.
The drive contained information on 33,702 patients who received X-ray services at the office over a five-year period between Feb. 2, 2009 and May 13, 2014, said Katy Hillenmeyer, a spokeswoman for St. Joseph.
Hillenmeyer said the employee stored the drive in a “zipped container” inside her locker because she thought it would be safe there. It was not locked, she said.