For the Media
Our online media kit was specially designed to meet the needs of news reporters. Browse our news section, discover what's happening at MidState, learn about our history and recognition, or find out how many patients we serve each year. If you can't find the information you're looking for, the Community Relations department can put you in touch with someone who will be able to answer your questions.
Remember that all media interviews and inquiries must be coordinated through the Community Relations office.
- Want An Interview?
All media interviews and inquires must be arranged through MidState Medical Center's Community Relations department. Keep in mind that there are strict patient privacy laws that limit the type of information we are able to provide.
It is important to remember that before reporters can interview patients or their doctors, patients must sign a release form. To protect the privacy of all other patients and families, someone from the Community Relations office must accompany reporters and photographers at all times on the MidState Medical Center campus.
Release of Patient Information
Privacy regulations issued by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) strictly govern the use and release of a patient's personal health information. As a member of the media, here is what you need to know if you want information about a MidState patient:
- Community Relations must first check to see that the patient has not secured his/her privacy, in which case we would be unable to release any information. Patients have the right to deny the release of information about their condition. For a minor, the parent or guardian has the authority to make that decision.
- You must have the patient's first and last name before we can release a condition. Without a name, condition reports can't be released.
- If you have the patient's first and last name, the only information that may be released to the media is a one-word condition report.
- Patients have the right to deny the release of any information about their condition - even that one-word condition report. For a minor, the parent or guardian has the authority to make that decision.
- Here are the one-word patient conditions we can release:
- Good: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable; indicators are excellent.
- Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable; indicators are favorable.
- Serious: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill; indicators are questionable.
- Critical: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may not be conscious; indicators are unfavorable.
Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Manager of Marketing and Community Relations