Medical Records

Medical Records (H.I.M.)

The Medical Records, or Health Information Management (H.I.M.), department is responsible for maintaining your medical record. This includes information such as:

  • Results of lab tests
  • X-rays
  • Physician examination reports
  • Medical treatment and medications
  • Observations by nurses and other members of your health care team

In accordance with Michigan Law 333.20175, Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC) has a 7-year retention policy for all medical records, with the exception of delivery/birth records, which are kept until the child reaches the age of 20. X-ray films are also kept for seven years.

Requesting Your Medical Record

To obtain a copy of a medical record, submit:

  • A completed Authorization to Disclose Health Information Form (download)
  • A written request with the patient's full name at the time of treatment and date of birth
  • Identification of specific information to be released
  • The name and address of the person to whom records are being released
  • The date and signature of the patient or his or her legal representative

Requesting the Record of a Deceased Patient

You may obtain the medical record of a deceased patient by providing one of the following:

  • Death Certificate (ex. Surviving Spouse)
  • Your Birth Certificate to show the relationship of the deceased. (ex. Surviving Children)
  • Letter of Authority from the Probate Court naming you as personal representative of the estate of the deceased person.

Requests for medical records are usually processed within 7 – 10 business days of receipt, depending on the priority of the request. Records are sent free of charge when requested by a physician for medical follow-up care, or by a patient. Records requested for other reasons are subject to a processing fee.

You may request a copy of your medical record in person, mail, or fax to:
Lake Huron Medical Center
Attn: Medical Records
2601 Electric Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060

Fax: 810-216-3188

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding your request for a medical record, please call 810-216-1540. Staff members are available to assist you weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on weekends.