Media: Accessing Patient Information
Patient information for the press from
Pen Bay Medical Center
Information involving patients who come to Pen Bay Medical Center as the result of matters of public record (vehicular accidents, fires and the like) is released to the news media by a Clinical Supervisor.
To reach a Clinical Supervisor, please call (207) 596-8000 (the hospital switchboard) and ask for the clinical supervisor to be paged. Information can be provided about a specific patient by name.
The hospital can confirm the presence of the patient. A condition statement may be given.
- Satisfactory. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable.
- Fair. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable.
- Serious. Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may or may not be conscious. Patient is acutely ill.
- Critical. Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may not be conscious.
- Treated and released. Patient received treatment but was not admitted.
- Treated and transferred. Received treatment. Transferred to a different facility. The facility will not be named without patient authorization.
In some cases, the patient or the patient's authorized representative may ask that information not be released. Additionally, PBMC defers to law enforcement officials with legitimate needs to withhold details from the media.
Maine law and federal privacy regulations place constraints on the way in which patient information may be released. PBMC and its parent organization, Pen Bay Healthcare, intends to comply with all applicable laws.
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