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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.

Media Requests

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)

  1. 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.
  2. E-mail Messages sent using this address also go to all four staff members in the department.

After Regular Business Hours and on the Weekend 

  1. 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

Ann Tornatta
Ann Tornatta
Marketing &
Ashley Johnson
Ashley Johnson
Public Information Officer
Becca Scott
Becca Scott
Sara Gallegos
Sara Gallegos
Marketing Assistant

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.
  1. Know the patient’s name. We cannot provide a condition unless you ask for the patient by name.
  2. 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.

Deaconess Logos

If you wish to use a Deaconess logo in your story or report, please chose from these files. The Deaconess logo may not be changed in any way. If you have questions regarding logo use, or need additional logos, please contact the PR staff. 

Deaconess logo

Click for zip file of vertical and horizontal logos as JPEGS, TIFFS, and EPS. 

Additional Information

Click on the following links for additional information. 

About Deaconess

History of Deaconess

Leadership at Deaconess

Locations and Maps

MyHealth Virtual Health Library 

Sponsorship Information

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Latest News at Deaconess

Deaconess Gateway Hospital earned designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Carrie Morton, Pharmacy, was honored in this year's "20 Under 40" publication.
Deaconess Breast Services received full accreditation from NAPBC.

The Women's Hospital earned a 5-star rating from CMS.
Clinical Computer Systems, Inc. featured The Women's Hospital and our OB/GYN - ED in an industry article. 
The State of Illinois Department of Public Health has designated Deaconess Hospital as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Deaconess Hospital has been designated by the State of Illinois as a Level II Trauma Center since 2003.

A Level II Trauma Center must meet strict state guidelines regarding the care of critically injured pediatric patients. To achieve this designation, Deaconess demonstrated its high trauma care standards. The designation acknowledges that the entire hospital and its medical staff have been engaged in establishing a process for improving patient care and responding to the needs of the Tri-State area. This process includes a well-coordinated trauma team, continuous quality improvement efforts, a medical review process, a trauma registry, and medical staff and administrative staff support.

“We are extremely proud to receive the Illinois endorsement as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center,” said W. Matthew Vassy, M.D., FACS, and Trauma Medical Director.“ With this designation from the State of Illinois, the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff involved in trauma care have been recognized with top honors.” 

Integrating Fitbit and the EHR
Deaconess and Methodist plan to develop an outpatient center in Henderson.
Christina Ryan - Elmhurst College alumna and CEO of The Women’s Hospital - delivered the commencement address at the school’s 144th graduation ceremony.
The park is open and we're ready to play ball.

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