The Health Information Management Department at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is dedicated to maintaining your medical records and keeping your health information private and secure in accordance with federal and state regulations. Normal business hours are, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have any further questions, please contact us at 281-420-8760.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Who do my medical records belong to?
A: Your medical record is the property of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital and is kept by the hospital for patient care purposes. Although these records are maintained for your benefit, the physical records (paper or electronic) are the property of the hospital.
Q: Who may request medical records?
A: You may request copies of your own medical records, the medical records of a minor child, or the medical records of someone for whom you are the legal guardian or hold a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare. Proof of legal guardianship or a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare must be provided. A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare is only effective in the event a patient is unable to act on their own behalf and that has been determined by a physician. A spouse or child of a deceased patient can request the medical records of the deceased if he/she is the executor or administrator of the deceased patient's estate. Probate Court documents naming the requestor as the executor or administrator must be provided. Where there is no estate or an estate will not be probated, Probate Court documents releasing the estate from probate and naming the requestor as the personal representative must be provided.
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Attn: Medical Records Department
4401 Garth Road
Baytown, Texas 77521
Once your records are processed, you will be notified of fee and may pick them up in person at the location above or they can be mailed to your home address after payment is received. If you pick up your records in person, you will be required to present photo identification. You may send a representative to obtain your records only if they are listed on the authorization form under information to be used or disclosed by. It is required for your representative to provide a copy of your photo identification and provide their photo identification as well.
Pertinent information that will be disclosed to your health care provider for continuum of care will include, as applicable:
Non-refundable copy fees for most requestors including attorneys, insurance companies and patients (when entire record is requested) are as follows:
(The following fees are effective September 2012)
Medicare and Medicaid (TMF) will be charged what is allowed by law.
Texas Rehabilitation Commission $18.00 as allowed by law
Q: How are these fees for obtaining medical records determined?
A: Fees are set by the State of Texas and are revised annually. If you have any questions, please contact the Texas Department of State Health Services, Facility Licensing Group, at 512-834-6648 or for additional information click on the following link: visit the State of Texas website.
Q: Will my medical record contain Radiology images?
A: Your record will only contain the radiology report. The actual radiology images are not part of your medical record. You will need to contact San Jacinto Radiology Services at 281-420-8670 for the images.
Q: Can you provide me with billing statements from my hospital visit?
A: Your medical records do not contain billing statements. Our Patient Financial Services Department can provide you with this information. You will need to contact the Patient Financial Services Department at 281-420-6221.
Q: I was born/my baby was born at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. How can I obtain a birth certificate?
A: You will need to request the birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics Office. The document you received after the birth of your baby named Verification of Birth Facts is used to send to the Bureau of Vital Statistics to complete the official birth certificate. You can reach the Bureau of Vital Statistics Office at 713-247-1686 or contact Baytown Municipal Court at 281-425-1017.
Q: My family member passed away at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. How do I obtain a death certificate?
A: You will need to request the death certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics Office. The funeral home works in conjunction with the physician to complete the death certificate. The funeral home then submits the death certificate information to the Bureau of Vital Statistics Office. You can reach the Bureau of Vital Statistics Office at 713-247-1686 or contact Baytown Municipal Court at 281-425-1017.
Q: How long do you keep a medical record?
A: Medical Records at Houston Methodist Hospital are maintained for 21 years. You will be contacted if your medical record request cannot be fulfilled due to expiration of the retention period.