Officials at a hospital in Greenwood are sending notifications to nearly 39,000 patients whose sensitive information may have been contained on a laptop that was stolen earlier this year and remains missing.
Self Regional Healthcare revealed the potential data breach in a press release and statement on its website Thursday. The hospital said two unauthorized individuals broke into one of its support facilities on Sunday, May 25 and stole a laptop. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, employees did not discover the burglary until May 27.
The two suspects, identified as David Smith, 23, and Samuel Hall, 22, were later arrested by Greenwood Police and confessed to stealing the laptop, according to Self Regional’s vice president of corporate compliance and integrity Craig White. White said the pair told officers that they panicked after realizing what they had stolen and threw the laptop into Lake Thurmond. Dive teams were not able to find the laptop, he said.