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Offering support and assistance to members of the News Media and community organizations:
- Responding to Media Queries
- Providing Subject Matter Experts
- Scheduling and coordinating interviews
- Fact sheets and statistical information
- Images/video of our facilities and official Logos
- Information about VA-related outreach and events
Note: Communicating with the Public and other stakeholders about how we provide exceptional healthcare to Veterans is vital to the work we do. Towards that end, we make every attempt to assist News Media in their newsgathering, to provide access to our facilities, and to make expert resources available. Our top priority, however, is protecting the privacy and security of the patients we serve.
Setting Up Media Interviews
Please contact the health system’s Public Affairs Officer if you are interested in locating a VA official or subject matter expert for a story. Patients, in particular, must agree to be interviewed and photographed and must sign a consent form.
Visiting Our Facilities
We strictly adhere to federal guidelines regarding patient privacy as outlined by the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). To protect our patients' privacy, we require all reporters and photographers visiting our facilities to be escorted by a Public Affairs staff member. Media access may be limited or denied to any area of a facility at the discretion of the medical center director, the patients’ healthcare team or individual physicians.
Information that can be released in the event of a natural disaster or major accident.
We can confirm if we are or are not receiving victims of a particular incident or accident. In the case of disasters, we will provide the number of patients, the nature of injuries as we know them at the time, gender and range of ages. Once the patients have arrived and are being treated in the emergency department, we will not have additional information to provide until they have been admitted and have agreed to the previously described disclosures.
Welcome to The Northern, a quarterly newsletter focused on fostering the connection between our Veterans and their health care. We want to empower you to take an active role in your health management. Every quarter we will bring you information about VANCHCS’s campuses from Oakland to Yreka, and articles relating to the programs and services available to you.
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