ShareThis Page
Butler woman who worked at UPMC pleads guilty to disclosing health information |

Butler woman who worked at UPMC pleads guilty to disclosing health information

Megan Tomasic

A Butler woman who worked at UPMC pleaded guilty Wednesday to wrongfully disclosing health information, according to the U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh.

Linda Sue Kalina, 61, worked as a patient information coordinator with UPMC and its affiliate, Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers in Mars, from March 7, 2016 to June 23, 2017.

During that time, Kalina allegedly accessed health information of 111 UPMC patients who were never treated by Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers and released the records of two patients, “with the intent to cause those individuals embarrassment and mental distress,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh.

Officials said her actions violate the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

Kalina’s sentencing is scheduled for June 25.

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.