For the Media
Information for members of the print and broadcast media
Saint Luke's Health System welcomes the opportunity to help you with stories, arrange interviews, and provide information.
A media relations representative is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to media inquiries.
Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm
After Hours and Weekends
Contact the Hospital Operator,
816-932-2000. Ask to page the on-call media relations representative.
Interviews with employees, patients, or physicians
For information, a photo or an interview with a staff physician, a Saint Luke's Health System employee or a patient hospitalized at Saint Luke's, please start with the office of media relations. We'd be happy to field your request, provide or verify additional information and secure the necessary advance clearances for interviews with patients.
Release of patient information
Federal privacy regulations strictly govern whether and how health systems can share patients' personal health information.
Saint Luke's Health System follows HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) and American Hospital Association guidelines.
How to get patient information
To get a condition report on a patient, you must provide the patient's first and last name. We cannot release information without this.
HIPAA privacy standards limit Saint Luke's to one-word condition reports. Here's what those words mean:
- Undetermined — The patient awaits 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 may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
- Treated and released— The patient was treated but not admitted.
Never "stable": The term “stable” should never be used as a condition or in combination with other conditions.
Covering an accident? Please call the hospital where the patient is transported for a condition report. Reports at the accident scene are not official condition reports. We can make an official condition report only after a physician assesses the patient.