KEENE - Paper medical records that had been stored in the basement of Adirondack Health's clinic here were damaged beyond recovery Aug. 28 when Tropical Storm Irene caused brooks and rivers to flood the hamlet's main intersection where the clinic is located.
Adirondack Health announced Monday that many of the paper medical records at its Mountain Health Center had been stored in the basement, where most of the water damage occurred. For patients who have received care at the health center in the past three years, records of those visits were stored electronically and not affected by the damage. However, medical records for patients seen prior to this three-year period were likely on paper and destroyed as a result of the water damage. It is possible, however, that some portions of the paper medical record may have been stored in an electronic format as well, such as laboratory and radiology tests, and are still available.
The Mountain Health Center reopened Sept. 12 after two weeks of post-Irene closure.
Those who have questions about their medical records are asked to call Star Thornton, Adirondack Health's director of health information management, at 518-897-2317.