235 North Pearl Street, Brockton, MA 02301 508-427-3000
The Office of Physician Relations, Business Development & Communications, oversees all public and media relations, marketing, community benefits and services for Good Samaritan Medical Center. We welcome media inquiries.
Monique Aleman, Vice President, Physician Relations, Business Development & Communications
For media inquiries during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday), call the Office of Communications at 508-427-3238.
After normal business hours, call the medical center at 508-427-3000 and ask for the on-call media person to be paged.
Helpful Hints for the Media
To protect patient privacy and confidentiality (see HIPAA guidelines below) and to accommodate requests for interviews and information about the hospital, its staff, employees, and programs and services in a timely and accurate manner, Good Samaritan Medical Center asks members of the media to follow these guidelines:
HIPAA Guidelines for Releasing Information on the Condition of Patients
Good Samaritan Medical Center has always placed the highest importance on patient privacy and confidentiality. The implementation of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2003 has not substantially changed our policies and procedures in releasing patient information, but does ensure that all healthcare institutions follow the same guidelines to safeguard privacy and confidentiality.
In general, information about a patient may be released if it is included in the hospital’s directory and if the patient has not specified that no information is to be released.
Specifically, Good Samaritan uses the following American Hospital Association guidelines for release of patient information to the public and the media:
Death of a Patient
The death of a patient may be reported to the authorities by the hospital, as required by law. Under HIPAA, hospitals cannot share information with the media on the specifics about sudden, violent or accidental deaths, or deaths from natural causes without the permission of the decedent’s next-of-kin or other legal representative. A hospital also may not disclose information regarding the date, time, or cause of death to the media.
If a Patient Is Treated and Released
If a patient has not specified that no information may be released, the hospital may disclose that a patient was treated and released. However, without patient authorization, it may not release information to the media regarding the date of release or where the patient went upon release.
The hospital may release patient condition and location information only if: