Medical records now in hands of county officials

Per a ruling from a Federal Court judge, Yadkin Valley Community Hospital patient records are now in the hands of county officials. The county owns the building and had been working to find a new company to operate the facility when the previous operating company HMC/CAH closed the hospital unexpectedly on May 22.

The county filed a temporary restraining order in an attempt to keep the facility open through the end of HMC’s lease term on July 31, but HMC closed the doors anyway, claiming they were evicted by local law enforcement.

Judge Terrence Boyle ruled last month that HMC was in contempt of court for violating the restraining order. As part of his ruling, the judge ordered HMC to turn over the medical records to the county.

County Manager Lisa Hughes said Monday that those records are now in the hands of county officials. Jim Tesar, a consultant hired by the county, will be handling the records now. Patients in need of their records may call 336-679-6701.

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