VA Maryland Health Care System
News, Events & Media Home
Welcome to the VA Maryland Health Care System News, Events and Media home page. The Public & Community Relations Office for the VA Maryland Health Care System responds to local and national news media inquiries and is available to support in providing subject matter experts, interview scheduling, photographs and digital images, fact sheets and statistical information, tours of VA Maryland Health Care System facilities, and information about VA related special events.
Note: Communicating with the public and other stakeholders about how we provide exceptional health care to Veterans is vital to the work we do. Towards that end, we make every attempt to assist the 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, security and wellbeing of the patients we serve. Additionally, patients must agree to be interviewed and photographed and must sign a consent form if clinically appropriate.
About the VA Maryland Health Care System
Workload & Statistics
History of Baltimore VA Medical Center and Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center
History of Perry Point VA Medical Center
Cable Show – Veterans’ HealthWatch
Patient Information Brochure
Public Service Announcements
New Patient Orientation Video
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 VAMHCS management, the patient's health care team or individual physicians based on clinical, security or patient safety issues.
Patient Condition Reports
We are responsible for protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our patients and patient information. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) governs privacy standards for health care information. If an inpatient has agreed to be listed in our hospital directory, we can provide a one-word condition after the patient’s correct first and last name, including exact spelling, are provided.
Patient conditions are as follows:
- Undetermined – Patient awaiting physician and/or 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 is 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 – Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
- Deceased– Death status can only be confirmed after next-of-kin has been notified. Official information on cause of death or additional information will be referred to the county medical examiner’s office. Patients have the right to restrict certain disclosures at any time. If they do, we can no longer provide additional updates.
If an inpatient has opted out of our directory or chooses not to have a condition released, staff will not be able to provide a condition update or even acknowledge the individual is an inpatient. Our response will be “I have no information available for a person by that name.”