Motorist Finds Rex Healthcare Records Along Road
Posted May 14, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — A horrifying mishap has some patients ofRex Healthcarewondering who knows their personal business.
Saturday, a motorist found admittance records scattered around Old Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.
Rex Healthcare workers cleaned up the records Saturday night, but earlier in the day they were scattered all along the grass on the roadside, some even in the road itself.
"I said 'I'm going to get out and see whose trash it is,'" says John Fogleman, who stopped to see what was littering the road.
"When I saw it was Rex Healthcare, I saw the social security numbers and said this has to be picked up," Fogleman said.
In the piles of records, there were hospital admitting forms, prescription cards, and complete patient files with addresses, social security numbers and other personal information.
If a criminal had recovered the records, the information could have been misused.
Michelle Roberts' file was one of many found along the side of the road. The document contained her mother's maiden name, their phone number and other personal information.
"It just had too much information in here, anybody could have done anything with that information," Roberts said.
After spending a few days in Rex Healthcare this winter, Roberts wants to know why her most private personal information is now very public.
"Who did this?" Roberts asked. "Who was stupid enough to let this happen?"
A public relations officer at Rex Healthcare says the records may have been in the process of being transported. They are currently looking into whose records were there, where they were headed, and why they ended up on the side of the road.
They hope to have answers to those questions by Monday.