WTVC Channel 9 in Chattanooga reported that sensitive medical records containing patients personal information such as their social security number and birth date was found at a dump site in Chattanooga over the weekend. Hutcheson Medical Center released the following statement about the story:
“Officials at Hutcheson Medical Center were contacted Saturday afternoon in regards to the discovery of medical records found at the Dupont Recycling Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. In contrast to information reported by a Chattanooga television station, the records were not those of Hutcheson Medical Center but appear to be physician office records. Our investigation showed that the physician was a plastic surgeon who held medical staff privileges at Erlanger Health System, Memorial Health Care System, Parkridge Medical Center, Parkridge East Hospital, and Hutcheson between the years of 1994 and 2001. The records contained information from the various hospitals where the physician practiced.
“It is our understanding that this physician relocated to North Carolina in 2001 and expired in 2007.
“It is still unknown who had possession of the records, but at no time were these records property of Hutcheson. It is unknown as to why it was only reported that the records were associated with only Hutcheson Medical Center
“We regret any undue concern this may have caused any patients of Hutcheson Medical Center. Hutcheson is committed to the privacy and security of all confidential patient information and at no time were our system’s hospital records compromised.”