Providence St. Mary Medical Center safeguards the privacy of its patients. The following information describes how your information may be used and disclosed, and also how you can receive access.
Your personal healthcare information may be released to other healthcare professionals within the organization for the purpose of providing you with quality healthcare.
It may be released to your insurance provider so that the hospital may receive payment for providing you with healthcare services.
It may be released to public or law enforcement officials in the event of an investigation in which you are a victim of abuse, a crime or domestic violence.
It may be released to a public health organization or federal organization in the event of a communicable disease concern, to report a defective medical device or to report an untoward event to a biological product such as food or medication.
It may not be released for any purpose other than that which is identified in this notice without your notification.
Your personal healthcare information may be released only after we receive written authorization from you. You may revoke your permission to release personal healthcare information at any time.
You may be contacted to remind you of any appointments, treatment options or other health services that may be of interest to you.
You may be contacted by the hospital for the purpose of raising funds to support the hospital’s operations.
You have the right to restrict the use of your personal healthcare information. However, your restriction may not be honored if it conflicts with providing you with quality healthcare, or in the event of an emergency situation.
You have the right to receive confidential communication about your health status.
With limited exceptions, you have the right to review and obtain photocopies of your personal healthcare information.
You have the right to request corrections to your personal healthcare information.
You have the right to know who has accessed your confidential healthcare information, and for what purpose.
You have the right to obtain a copy of the Privacy Notice. The notice is available on paper in the Admitting Department, and on this website.
Providence St. Mary Medical Center is required by law to protect the privacy of our patients. We will keep confidential any and all personal healthcare information and can provide patients with an expanded list of practices that outline our commitment. We abide by the terms of the Privacy Notice. If changes are made, the notice will be updated on this website, and copies of the new notice also will be available on paper at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.
You have the right to complain to us if you believe your privacy rights have been violated. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, or you would like more information about the Privacy Notice, please contact: Providence St. Mary Medical Center/Providence St. Mary Physician Group, Attention: Privacy Officer, PO Box 1477, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
All complaints will be investigated. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.