Wyoming health system halts patient admissions after ransomware attack

Gillette, Wyo.-based Campbell County Health suspended new inpatient admissions and canceled some surgeries Sept. 20 due to a ransomware attack, according to a news release on the health system's website.

Patients who arrived at the emergency department or walk-in clinic Sept. 20 were evaluated and transferred to the appropriate facility if needed. While there is no timeline for when the hospital will be normally functioning, Campbell County Health has begun to resume operations in various departments.

"We have processes in place to continue to treat inpatients appropriately and safely," said COO Colleen Heeter. "We will continue to update this information as it becomes available."

As of Sept. 21, Campbell County Memorial Hospital's emergency department was accepting patients. Additionally, Campbell County Memorial Health's maternal child department was accepting patients on a case-by-case basis.

Services that remain closed include endocrinology, cancer, cardiac rehab, radiology, respiratory therapy, sleep, surgery and blood draws. Patients have been asked to bring medication bottles when they arrive for appointments.

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