Methodist Hospital of Southern California Alerts Patients of a Data Breach

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH from Methodist Hospital of Southern California, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777.

methodist hospital of southern california data breach On October 20, 2020, Methodist Hospital of Southern California (MHSC) notified patients of a data breach involving third-party technology vendor Blackbaud.      

On May 20, 2020, Blackbaud discovered a hack that resulted in the theft of sensitive personal information of individuals associated with their clients, including the Methodist Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that organizes charitable funds for MHSC. 

The security incident began on February 7, 2020, and continued until it was discovered in May. MHSC was notified of the security incident on September 9, 2020.

The Blackbaud ransomware attack may prove to be one of the most extensive, complex data breaches of 2020, as the list of affected organizations (and individuals) continues to grow months after the incident was first discovered.

At this time, MHSC claims that breached patient information is limited to:

  • Full names
  • Medical record numbers
  • Contact information, such as phone numbers, email addresses, and mailing addresses
  • Admission dates
  • Demographic information, such as dates of birth and sex

Blackbaud reports that compromised data varies by entity and individual, but collectively includes additional information, such as:

  • Donation history
  • Events attended
  • Bank account information
  • Credentials
  • Social Security numbers (SSN)
  • Usernames
  • Passwords
  • Provider names
  • Dates of service

Founded in 1903 in downtown Los Angeles, MHSC is now located in Arcadia and treats more than 50,000 emergency patients each year. The Methodist Hospital Foundation was developed in 1979 and has provided more than $40 million in support for the hospital through the solicitation, receipt and administration of gifts from individuals, corporations, private foundations and grant-making entities.

Blackbaud is one of the world’s largest cloud-based technology vendors that provide services for nonprofits, foundations, corporations, educational institutions and health care organizations. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, the company reports over 45,000 customers in over 100 countries, including the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Its market capitalization is $3.2 billion on reported revenue of $908 million. 

NOTICE: If you received a NOTICE OF DATA BREACH from Methodist Hospital of Southern California, contact the Arnold Law Firm at (916) 777-7777 to discuss your situation and possible developing legal options.