The Public Relations Department at Sturdy Memorial Hospital welcomes the opportunity to work with journalists on health care topics. Staff members are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond quickly and appropriately to media inquiries.
Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. Ė 4:30 p.m. Reporters can call the office directly at 508-236-8020 to speak with a staff member during these hours. After hours, including weekends and holidays, reporters should call the Hospitalís main line at 508-222-5200. They, in turn, will notify the Public Relations staff person on call.
Sturdy complies with federal and state laws and regulations to safeguard our patientsí privacy and confidentiality. In order to protect patientsí privacy, we provide patient information in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Please refer to our Notice of Privacy Practices.
To further safeguard patientsí privacy, all reporters, with or without cameras, must be accompanied by a member of the Public Relations staff while on Sturdyís property. Sturdy may deny any media representativeís access to a patient if it is determined that the presence of photographers or reporters would aggravate the patientís condition, interfere with patient care, or jeopardize the privacy of other patients. Release of information about patient care as well as photographs and videos must be authorized by the patient, or the patientís parent or guardian. Additionally, no Sturdy employee, medical staff, or volunteer should respond to media requests about the organization, patients, or staff, without authorization from the Public Relations Department.