Deaconess News Room
Welcome to the Deaconess Newsroom, your comprehensive source for news and information about Deaconess. If you have questions about advertising, community benefit opportunities, sponsorships, or a related topic, please contact the Public Relations Department for assistance.
Deaconess embraces its role as a provider of medical information for the community and makes effective communication a top priority. To help us quickly and efficiently manage requests for patient conditions, interview, and other information, please follow these guidelines:
During Regular Business Hours (Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm)
Call 812-450-NEWS (812-450-6397). Any voice mail messages left on this line are automatically converted to e-mail messages and sent to all four staff members. This is the fastest way to get a response during the work day.
E-mail email@example.com. Messages sent using this address also go to all four staff members in the department.
After Regular Business Hours and on the Weekend
Call (812) 450-5000 and ask for the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON). Our Call Center Staff will notify the ADON of your request and he/she will return your call.
Public Relations Staff Members
Public Information Officer
Release of Patient Information
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), restricts the type of patient information that may be released to the media. To comply with this law and protect the private health information of our patients, please follow this procedure when needing a patient condition.
Know the patient’s name. We cannot provide a condition unless you ask for the patient by name.
If the patient is at Deaconess and we have their consent, we will provide a one-word condition from the list below that most accurately describes their current condition. The condition is given to us by a health professional directly involved in the patient’s care.
Critical – Vital signs are unstable and outside of normal limits. Patient may be unconscious or on a ventilator. Indicators for survival are unfavorable.
Serious – Vital signs are unstable and outside of normal limits. Patient is acutely ill and indicators for survival are questionable.
Fair – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators for survival are good.
Good – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators for survival are excellent.
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Latest News at Deaconess
Dr. James Porter discusses our progressive approach to new healthcare models.
Dr. Amy Gessford, Deaconess Care Group, Inpatient Physician of the Year
Drs. Dodson and Koleilat named Outpatient Physician of the Year.
The Heart Hospital is a Fit-Friendly Workplace.
Reopening of Ortho-Medical Unit means Deaconess has all private rooms.
Heart Hospital recognized for quality cardiac care.
Today is an exciting day for the Deaconess organization as we share plans for the expansion of the Deaconess Gateway Campus.
The Deaconess/UCS Homeless Medical Respite Program was selected for AHA publication.
Deaconess Care Integration (DCI) has been selected to participate in CMS’s (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid) new accountable care organization (ACO) model called the Next Generation ACO Model (NGACO Model).
Deaconess Illinois and Ferrell Hospital Foundation will expand their current affiliation relationship beginning in January 2016.