Ransomware Attack Disrupts Campbell County Hospital Services
The Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette has been the victim of a ransomware attack that has seriously affected its ability to provide patient care, according to a news release from Campbell County Health on Friday.
All computer systems have been impacted, and the hospital's cybersecurity authorities are working to restore the affected systems.
The hospital has no estimated time when the computer issues will be resolved.
The Gillette New Record reports Steve Crichton, vice president of plant and facilities for CCH, said the hospital is not accepting any emergency medical service transports into the emergency room at the hospital and is having to instead divert patients to other hospitals.
The hospitals in Casper, Sheridan and Rapid City, S.D., are aware of the situation.
The Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and the Rapid City hospital are full but are willing to talk to Campbell County Health about accepting patients on a case-by-case basis. Sheridan has beds available.
Campbell County Health also has notified the Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the governor’s office and the FBI.
Meanwhile, the Campbell County Commissioners approved a resolution Friday afternoon declaring a disaster to initiate the process of an 1135 waiver, which allows the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid and other public health care requirements in certain emergencies, according to the Gillette News Record.
The ransomware attack, according to the hospital's news release, has disrupted and affected the following services:
- No outpatient lab, respiratory therapy and radiology exams or procedures.
- No new inpatient admissions
- Some surgery cancellations
- Patients presenting to the emergency department and walk-in clinic will be triaged and transferred to an appropriate care facility if needed.
- Phone systems are operational.