Introduction to Privacy
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please read it carefully.
Effective: April 14, 2003
Revised: July 2010; September 2011
Applicability of Notice
This Notice describes the privacy practices of St. Joseph Health System and its Affiliated Facilities/Entities. For the purpose of this Notice, the terms “St. Joseph”, “we”, and “our” refer to St. Joseph Health System and its Affiliated Facilities/Entities with reference to health information generated or maintained at each facility. The information in this Notice will be followed by our health care professionals who treat you at our facilities; team members and volunteers of our organization; Business Associates or subcontractors; and any affiliate or partner of St. Joseph Health System with whom we share health information. The effective date of this Notice is September 23, 2013.
St. Joseph is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information, commonly referred to as Protected Health Information (PHI), and to provide you with this Notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI, and abide by the terms of the Notice currently in effect. We reserve the right to change this Notice. We reserve the right to make the revised or changed Notice effective for medical information we already have about you, as well as, any information we receive in the future. We will post a copy of the current Notice in each of the Affiliated Facilities/Entities. The Notice will contain the effective date. A copy of the current Notice will be made available to you when you initially register with an Affiliated Facility/Entity for treatment or services, upon your request and on subsequent visits if the Notice has been revised.
We understand that all information about you and your health is personal. We are committed to protecting this information. When you receive services at a St. Joseph Facility/Entity, a medical record is created. This record describes the services provided to you and is needed to provide you with quality care and to comply with certain legal requirements. This Notice applies to records of your care generated by St. Joseph, whether made by a St. Joseph employee or a physician involved in your care. Physicians may have different policies regarding medical information created in their office. This Notice tells you about the ways in which we may use and disclose your medical information. It also describes your rights and certain obligations we have regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information. We will not sell your medical and personal information for direct or indirect payment without your authorization. If you have any questions, you may contact our Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer, 2801 Franciscan Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77802, (979)776-5316.
You may request a copy of this Notice at any time. To download a copy of this Notice, please click here.
If you have any questions you may contact our Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer, 2801 Franciscan Drive, Bryan, Texas, 77802 (979-776-5316).