Troy Regional falls victim to data breach; PA guilty of fraud;

> Troy Regional Medical Center in Alabama this week notified 880 patients about a data breach of personal information, including birthdays and social security numbers. The event prompted a criminal investigation, and the hospital will provide affected patients with protection resources at no expense for one year, according to a Troy Regional announcement. Statement

> A Charlotte, N.C., physician assistant at a medical clinic, Kelly Gene Svedberg, was found guilty of Medicare and Medicaid fraud. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for defrauding between $120,000 and $200,000, reports the Associated Press. Article

> A new medical center in Pascack Valley Hospital in New Jersey is under attack from protesters who vow to go to court if it opens, reports The Record. Article

> Staff at a U.K.'s North Cumbria University Hospital Trust won't recommend their facilities as places for treatment, highlighting low work morale, reports News & Star. The staff cites management communication issues and cost cutting as major challenges. Article

> Creating the largest rural health system in the Midwest, Sanford Health in Fargo and Sioux Falls, S.D., and Wheaton Community Hospital and Medical Center south of Fargo officially merged to become Sanford Wheaton Medical Center, according to a press release today. Press Release

And Finally... I could sure use an ice cream, but not a thousand dollar one. Article