The Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Public Relations staff is responsible for building relationships with community and media organizations in an effort to provide information about medical services and events. We recognize that media is an important communication link, but understand the need to protect patient privacy.
Media Requests for Interviews or Photographs
Members of the media interested in conducting interviews or taking photographs of staff, patients or patients' families must request permission from the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Public Relations staff. This includes visits to the campus for live stand-ups and other external shots.
Public Relations Staff
The Public Relations Department at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is on site at the hospital from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Kelly Atlee, Public Relations Director
Release of Patient Information
Requests regarding patient information will be processed with the utmost regard for the patient's right to confidentiality and the distribution of consistent and accurate information. Information released to the media will be to the extent permitted by federal and state laws.
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Center and its workforce will comply with all laws and regulations pertaining to confidentiality, and will protect confidential and sensitive patient, medical, employee and business information in oral, paper-based and electronic form.
Patients have the option upon admission to expressly state that they do not wish to have any information, including confirmation of their presence in the facility, released.
Except for the following one-word conditions, no information about a patient's condition will be released without the patient's permission:
- Undetermined: Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment
- Good: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are positive Discharge may be anticipated/scheduled.
- Fair: Vital signs are stable and within normal limits but patient/resident may be uncomfortable or have minor complications. Indicators are favorable.
- Serious: Vital signs may be unstable or not within normal limits. Patient/resident may be acutely ill. Indicators may be unclear at this time.
- Critical: Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits Patient/resident is critically ill Indicators are unfavorable
- Unconscious: May be stated that the patient/resident is not conscious.
- Deceased: Considered a matter of public record after the notification of next of kin. Cause of death should come from the physician and/or family.
- Treated and released and/or discharged: Especially following short-term treatment in the Emergency department, this condition may be appropriate. Notice of discharge is also acceptable for release.