Patient records


An incomplete set of medical records of children seen at Babies Hospital, 1889-1929. Information varies over time but usually includes patient name, age, sex, address; medical history; description of complaint; diagnosis; treatment; and result. Later records may include temperature charts, and laboratory and radiology reports.

After 1929, Babies Hospital's patient records were interfiled with those of Presbyterian Hospital.


Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.)

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Physical Description: 

5 cubic feet (8 vols. and 3 records cartons)



Because the records include Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), access is allowed only under the terms of Archives and Special Collections’ Access Policy to Records Containing Protected Health Information.

Because of staff constraints and the lack of a name index, Archives & Special Collections cannot search for individual records.  Microfilm of much of Presbyterian’s post-1929 patient records are held by the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Medical Records Department and persons wishing to locate the records of individuals should contact them.

Boxes 1-3 are stored off-site and will take 1-2 days to retrieve. Researchers must call in advance to use the collection.

Cite as: 

Babies Hospital Patient Records, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.