Information for News Media
Lifespan wishes to assist members of the news media with requests for information. Reporters are to be advised that federal and state laws and regulations safeguard the confidentiality of many aspects of patient/client information.
Lifespan may not disclose any information about a patient who has requested to be restricted in the patient directory. Lifespan may not even confirm that the patient is receiving care at a Lifespan hospital. Additionally, state and federal law limits the information that Lifespan may disclose without patient, parent or guardian consent, for patients who are:
- In DCYF custody
- Enrolled in a hospice program
- In a correctional facility
- Are admitted for alcohol or substance use
- Are admitted to a behavioral health facility or unit
Reporters seeking a patient condition between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays should call the Lifespan Marketing and Communications Office at 401-444-5327. On weeknights (between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.), weekends and holidays, reporters seeking a patient condition should contact the Lifespan Call Center at 401-793-2092.
Reporters seeking other hospital information or requesting an interview must contact a public relations representative. Members of the news media must be escorted at all times while on campus. Public relations can be reached on weekdays through the Lifespan Marketing and Communications Office at 401-444-5327, and on weekends and holidays through the Lifespan Call Center at 401-793-2092.
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