Privacy Policy

Version 1, June 2007

Introduction

Columbia Memorial Hospital has created this Privacy Policy in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy and to disclose our practices in gathering, using and disclosing personal information in connection with this website. In this policy, Columbia Memorial Hospital refers to employees, trustees and any vendors performing services for Columbia Memorial Hospital. Personal information is information about a person that includes identifying information about that person.

Although there are links from this site to other websites, this Privacy Policy applies only to this site and not to websites operated by others. For example, if you click on a link to another website, the click takes you out of our site. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites.

We follow a general policy of openness regarding our privacy practices. This Privacy Policy sets out the fair information practices that govern the collection, maintenance, use and disclosure of personal information regarding visitors who use this site.

Collection of personal information

Except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy or as disclosed on other pages in this site where information may be collected, we do not collect personal information about visitors to this site.

A. Web logs. We maintain standard web logs that record data about all visitors who use this Site. These logs may contain:

  1. The Internet domain from which you access this site (e.g., aol.com, abc.org).
  2. Your Internet Protocol (IP) address. Your computer is automatically assigned a number that acts as its IP address when you surf the Internet. Your IP address is either static (always stays the same) or dynamic (changes from time to time). A static IP address may be identifiable to you, while a dynamic address is usually not identifiable.
  3. The type of browser and operating system you use.
  4. The date and time you visited the site.
  5. The pages you saw on this site.
  6. The address of the website you linked from.

We use web log information to measure the number of visitors to different sections of the site, to diagnose and correct system errors, and to improve the site.

We do not connect this information to your name and identity.

B. Internet cookies. Cookies are used only for the purpose of managing a single session with the site. The data stored does not contain personally identifiable information and can only be read by www.columbiamemorial.org.

C. Visitor/Customer requests for information. If you ask a question or make a request through this website, we may store your message and our response for a while. We may also use this information, and any information you give to us in response to a survey on the site, to send you information about health-related newsletters, promotional events and upcoming programs that we think may be of interest to you; notices of enhancements to our services; and additional surveys.

Use and disclosure of personal information

We do not sell or rent personal information about visitors to this site. We do not use or disclose personal information obtained through this site except as expressly described in this policy. No patient identifying-information will be shared or transmitted on this site.

A. Uses. We use information obtained from weblogs, cookies and visitor requests for the purposes described in this policy. We also use personal information obtained from this site to respond to requests, improve our services, demonstrate the quality of our services to our auditors and government agencies that have authority over us, and for the additional purposes described below.

B. Disclosures. We may disclose personal information to any person performing audit, legal, operational or other services for us. Whenever possible, we will require any recipient of personal information for these purposes to agree in writing to use the information only for the purpose for which it was disclosed and to destroy or return it when no longer needed for that purpose. We may disclose personal information when required to do so by a subpoena, court order or search warrant. Except when deemed by us to be infeasible, we will notify the individual of a subpoena, court order or search warrant for individual's information by email using the email address (if any) that the individual provided to us.

We may disclose personal information as we deem appropriate to protect the safety of an individual; for an investigation related to public safety; or to report an activity that appears to be in violation of law.

We may disclose personal information to protect the security and reliability of this website and to take precautions against liability.

Security

We protect the personal information we have collected from this site by using industry-standard security precautions against loss and unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure of that information. We comply with the security safeguards detailed in our computer security policies and procedures, and we routinely monitor that compliance. When credit card or other financial information is transmitted over the Internet, we use industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption to protect that information.

Revisions to the Privacy Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time as we add new features or as laws change that may affect our services. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will post a new version number at the beginning of this Privacy Policy, consisting of the date (year and month) the policy was last revised, so that you will be able to tell when the Privacy Policy was last changed.

Questions, complaints or requests to change information

If, at any time, you wish to contact us with a question or complaint or if you want to change any information collected by us, you may do so by contacting us by email.

We encourage you to contact us with any suggestions for improving our site so that we can better serve you in the future. Thank you for visiting with us.