Patient records at closed hospital

POSTED: 10:10 PM May 01 2013   UPDATED: 3:58 PM May 01 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

A former employee at a Knoxville mental health facility has made a discovery. Some patient records are at the hospital, even though it closed last year.
Hilda Lindeman worked at Lakeshore Mental Health Institute for 28 years. She said she noticed the records when she walked through Lakeshore Park. There was a door to an abandoned hospital building wide open, with broken glass windows.

The records she found contained Social Security data, names, case numbers and birthdates. Hilda fears the information could be taken by someone up to no good.

The station contacted the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Communications Director Michael Rabkin said the agency contacted workers in Knoxville to retrieve the documents, and will look into what files are at the facility.