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Media Relations Procedures

Welcome to the Marketing Department at Stormont Vail Health. The Communications staff is on call 24 hours a day to assist local, regional and national news media locating an expert spokesperson, obtaining information on a news item or answering questions about a media release or event.

Members of the news media must contact Marketing for information about the hospital, its staff and its patients. To contact Marketing, call (785) 354-6120 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

After hours or weekends, please contact the Stormont Vail operator, identify yourself as media and ask to be connected with the Director of Marketing for media inquiries such as stories or interviews.

For patient conditions, page (785) 354-5240.

To best manage media requests, Stormont Vail has established the following media guidelines:

  • Media are not allowed on/in any of our premises without prior approval.
  • Please call Marketing to arrange all interviews.
  • Advance notice for on-site interviews is necessary so staff can arrange for a room for media interviews or shoots, notify the patient care areas involved and line up the appropriate patients, families and staff.
  • To protect the privacy of all Stormont Vail patients and families, a Marketing representative must accompany all reporters, film crews and photographers on the hospital campus or clinics.

Releasing Patient Conditions

The following one-word descriptions will be used by the Communications staff member on call when releasing a patient's condition. Under no circumstances is information given unless the media has the full name of the patient.

A one-word description of the patient's general condition, using the following standard definitions:

  • Satisfactory: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and may be up and about. Relatively comfortable.
  • Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious. Patient may be uncomfortable.
  • Serious: Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. May be in Critical Care Department. Seriously ill with one or more body systems effected.
  • Critical: Vital signs are unstable. Patient is acutely ill. Life- threatening situation.