News Inquiries About Patients

Lawrence General Hospital is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our patients and their medical information. The Marketing Office provides patient conditions to the media in accordance with the American Hospital Association guidelines contained in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


How to Obtain a Patient’s Condition

To inquire about a patient at Lawrence General Hospital, members of the media should contact the Marketing & Communications Office at 
978-683-4000, ext. 2020 during the regular business hours of 8:30 am - 5 pm weekdays. For information after hours or on weekends, please contact the nursing administrative supervisor at 978-683-4000, ext. 2411.

  • Media must have the patient’s full name.
  • Staff may only provide a one-word description about a patient’s general condition.
  • The release of any medical information beyond a one-word condition requires written authorization by the patient or the patient’s legal representative.
  • We will acknowledge the death of a patient only after next-of-kin has been notified.


One Word Patient Condition Definitions

  • Undetermined – Patient is awaiting physician assessment.
  • Good – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
  • Fair – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient in conscious but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
  • Serious – Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
  • Critical – Vitals are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

Note:

“Stable” is not a recognized condition, according to HIPAA guidelines.