The media relations staff provides general patient condition information within the limitations imposed by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). A patient name is required. Release of detailed information or information about minors requires written consent of the parent, guardian or legal representative.
The American Hospital Association recommends the following one-word descriptions of a patient's general condition.
Additionally, the California Hospital Association Guide to the Release of Patient Information to the Media can be located at http://www.calhospital.org/. From the home page, click on the Press Room, then click on the "Release of Patient Information" button. A PDF of the brochure is posted.