Contact: Kristin Tesmer, director of communications and community engagement
(727) 201-6746 Direct | Email
Marketing/Public Relations responds to media inquiries and disseminates news about St. Petersburg General Hospital, its patients, services, medical experts and other newsworthy events. While we strive to provide quality media assistance and access to our facilities and expert resources, our top priority is protecting the privacy and security of the patients we serve. There, St. Petersburg General Hospital and the Marketing/Public Relations department strictly follow federal guidelines regarding patient confidentiality matters as outlined by the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
Inquiries by the news media about the condition of a patient must contain the patient’s first and last name, or no information can be provided. The hospital will provide the patient’s one-word condition if the patient has not requested to be a confidential patient. If the patient has asked to remain confidential, we cannot confirm that we have a patient of that name at our hospital.
Standard Patient Conditions and Definitions
Good. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
Fair. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
Serious. Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
Critical. Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
Death of a patient. We cannot release the status of a patient who has died. In this case, law enforcement will provide information after the family has been notified.