Letters tip off patients

Pierrette J. Shields reports:

Boulder Community Hospital officials are investigating anonymous letters sent to patients of a Lafayette clinic along with medical records that the sender claims were pulled from the trash.

A Longmont woman told the Times-Call she received the anonymous letter Monday with a page from her son’s medical records that included private medical information and her Social Security number.

Mary Iannotti, a spokeswoman for Boulder Community Hospital, said Monday afternoon that four patients of the Family Medical Associates clinic in Lafayette, which is affiliated with BCH, fielded four calls from patients who reported receiving the anonymous letters.


The woman said the record had handwritten notes on it as though it had been used as scrap paper and that the information included notes about other patients, including a DUI notation and that a family had suffered from swine flu.

The letter urges the recipient to report the incident as a potential federal violation of laws that require medical records to be kept private.

A post office box listed as the return address belongs to the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation.

Iannotti said the foundation is not involved.

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