Process for Requesting Patient Condition Reports
Mercy Health Partners respects the privacy of Protected Health Information (PHI) for all patients. At times, patient condition information is released for media purposes.
Patient conditions are released to the media only when the patient has been involved in a public accident or incident and the patient is asked for by name. The patient must not have objected to being included in the facility directory. This would include a vehicle accident in which the police make a report, or a disaster.
Patient conditions are stated according to the American Hospital Association patient description. These words include:
- Undetermined — The patient is awaiting physician assessment.
- Good — Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. The patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
- Fair — Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. The patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
- Serious — Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. The patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
- Critical — Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. The patient maybe unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
The term "stable" does not describe a condition and is not used alone or in combination with other conditions.
You must give the patient's full name to receive patient condition information.
Patient condition information can be requested by contacting the Public Relations Department at: office 231-672-6966, pager 231-339-1530.