Information for Reporters

Contact: Christine Hill, Sr. Media Relations Specialist
612.873.5719 (desk)       612.919.8711 (cell)       612.336.0741 (media pager)
e-mail: media@hcmed.org

All news media inquiries, including requests for patient conditions, must be directed to the Public Relations Department 

News media queries and requests for permission to film or photograph any area of the hospital must be directed to the Public Relations Department by calling 612-873-5719 or the Media Pager at 612-336-0741. Patient information is protected by State statutes and HIPAA.

Medical resources for your stories
Hennepin County Medical Center has nationally recognized medical experts available for interviews on a wide variety of topics. Call Christine Hill at 612-873-5719 to schedule an interview. Every effort will be made to arrange for one of our experts to answer your questions or provide background information for your assignment. (Please note that patient care is our first priority, and occasionally our physicians’ schedules will not allow for interviews.)

Patient conditions
We understand that you have deadlines, and every effort will be made to get the information you need as soon as possible. Please remember that all requests for patient conditions must include the first and last name of the patient.

Hennepin County Medical Center uses the following criteria for determining a patient’s condition:

  • Critical - Questionable prognosis. Vital signs unstable, not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious, indicators unfavorable. Major complications and death may be a possibility.
  • Serious - Acutely ill with questionable prognosis; vital signs may be unstable, not within normal limits. Indicators questionable, chance for improved prognosis.
  • Satisfactory - Excellent or good prognosis. Vital signs (pulse, temp, blood pressure) stable, within normal limits. Patient conscious; may be uncomfortable or experiencing minor complications. Indicators (such as mobility, appetite) excellent.
  • Undetermined - The patient is in the process of being evaluated; condition not available.

Patient interviews
Even if the patient contacts you to make arrangements for an interview, it is still dependent on approval from the medical staff and Public Relations before final arrangements will be made. All reporters must be escorted by a hospital Public Relations representative when on medical center property.

Read Hennepin County Medical Center’s Media Policies.

Information for reporters during an emergency event

You may also use this form to submit a request to the Media Relations Specialist: