Media Policy Statement: It is the policy of Ministry Health Care to work cooperatively with the media to actively place stories about programs, events, activities, and health related news for the general public and for the health care industry. We recognize the need to respond to media inquiries and provide information through our expert resources.
Ministry Health Care Guidelines for Reporters
Interview, Photography & Live Shot Requests
Requests for information, interviews or photographs with employees or programs of Ministry Health Care must be submitted to:
Wausau/North Central Wisconsin:
Office: 715.843.9094 Mobile: 715.573.8465
Upon request, patient interviews can be made available but require approval in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
In the best interest of facility and patient safety and security, our policy requires Ministry staff to accompany the news media at all times in Ministry Health Care facilities or while on the property.
Television or radio outlets wishing to conduct live shots or remote broadcasts on Ministry Health Care property must speak with a Public Relations representative for permission and require advance notice to ensure proper accommodations.
Patient Information Requests
Ministry Health Care’s Public Relations and Communications staff is the primary contact during regular business hours Monday-Friday (8a-5p) for patient condition reports.
Outside of these times, please see the attached to reach nursing staff at the respective Ministry facility where the patient is located. Ministry Health Care policies concerning patient condition reports are in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Under this policy, any member of the news media requesting information on a patient condition must provide the patient’s first and last name before the release of any patient information.
Patient Condition Reports
Ministry Health Care uses one-word condition descriptions when reporting a patient’s condition.
|One-Word Condition Description*
||The patient is awaiting physician assessment
||Vital signs are stable and within normal limits; patient is conscious and comfortable; indicators are excellent
||Vital signs are stable and within normal limits; patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable; indicators are favorable
||Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable
||Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits; patient may be unconscious; indicators are unfavorable
|Treated and Released
||A hospital may disclose that a patient has been treated and released.
|Treated and Transferred
||A hospital may disclose that a patient has been treated and transferred to a different facility.
About Ascension Wisconsin
Ascension Wisconsin serves millions of people across the state with 24 hospitals and hundreds of sites of care. Approximately 23,500 associates, including nearly 1,000 medical group clinicians work collaboratively to deliver compassionate, personalized care every day. As part of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, in fiscal year 2015, Ascension Wisconsin provided $300 million in community benefit including care of persons living in poverty.
Ascension (ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia as part of Ascension’s Healthcare Division. Through its Solutions Division, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.