Media Inquiries

Release of Information to the Media

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marsha Kenny, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs
(631) 726-8700, ext. 4
mkenny@southamptonhospital.org

The Marketing & Public Affairs department is staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Members of the media who require assistance after hours, on the weekends or holidays should contact the hospital’s switchboard by calling (631) 726-8200 and ask the operator to contact the media relations person on call.

Patient Conditions and Privacy

To obtain a patient’s condition, contact the Marketing & Public Affairs department by calling (631) 726-8700, ext. 4. The office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Members of the media seeking a patient condition must provide the patient’s full name and correct spelling.
  • To protect patient privacy, no information beyond a one-word condition will be released (e.g., Good, Fair, Serious, Critical).
  • Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a patient or his/her legal representative may exercise his/her right to restrict the release of patient condition information. If a patient requests that his/her condition be restricted, the hospital may not release any information nor confirm that the patient is being cared for at the hospital.
  • No information about a patient who has died at the hospital may be released without the authorization of next of kin. Once next of kin has been notified, only confirmation of death can be provided, not time or date of death.
  • The Marketing & Public Affairs department works to provide accurate and timely information about patients’ conditions, while also respecting patients’ wishes and complying with HIPAA privacy regulations.

Media Visits

To ensure confidentiality, privacy and appropriate sensitivity to patients and families, reporters, film crews and photographers must always been accompanied by a Southampton Hospital Marketing & Public Affairs staff person while on the Southampton Hospital campus. Media must arrange all interviews and photo shoots in advance through the Southampton Hospital Marketing & Public Affairs department.

Employee Information

No information about employees will be released to the media, except for confirmation of the employee’s current employment status. For verification of employment, please contact Human Resources at (631) 726-0400.