practices in gathering, using and disclosing personal information in connection with this Web site. Personal
information is information about a person that includes identifying information about that person. Although
operated by others. For example, if you click on a link to the Web site of one of our partners or sponsors, the
click takes you out of our Site. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other Web
- Openness. We follow a general policy of openness regarding our privacy practices. This
of personal information regarding visitors who use this Site.
- Collection of Personal Information. Except as disclosed in this 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.
- Web logs. We maintain standard Web logs that record data about all visitors who use
this Site. These logs may contain:
- The Internet domain from which you access this Site (e.g., aol.com, abc.org);
- Your Internet Protocol (IP) address. Your computer is automatically assigned a number
which 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.
- The type of browser and operating system you use.
- The date and time you visited the Site.
- The pages that you saw on this Site.
- The address of the Web site you linked here from.
We use Web log information to help us design our Site, to identify popular features, and
to make the Site more useful for visitors. Web logs are recorded in sequential files, and we do
not normally try to identify individuals from Web logs or use Web logs to gather information
about individuals. However, we may use Web logs to identify any person attempting to break into
or damage our Site, and we may share Web log information with law enforcement agencies if we
believe that we have evidence of a violation of computer security or related laws.
- Internet Cookies. We may place Internet cookies on visitors computer hard drives. Internet cookies
save data about individuals, such as their name, user-name and the pages they visit on our Site.
When a visitor with one of our cookies on his or her computer revisits our Site, we are able to
recognize that computer and tailor our Site to be more helpful and efficient for that visitor. Also,
cookies help us to provide streamlined services, and to document our transactions with visitors to
this Site. You may have software on your computer that will allow you to decline or deactivate
Internet cookies, but if you do so, some features of this Site may not work properly for you.
- Visitor /Customer Requests for Information. If you ask a question or make a request through this Web
site, we may store your message and our response for awhile. 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 you might be
interested in; notices of enhancements to our services; additional surveys; and to send you an
e-mail version of our physician contact information.
- Access, Correction, Deletion and Data Integrity. Requests to access, correct or delete
personal information may be submitted using our contact information. Please note that we do not consider Web
information to be personal information. Also, we may not be able to delete or revise information about you
have relied upon to provide services to you, or that we are legally required to maintain.
- 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
except as expressly described in this Policy. No patient identifying information will be shared or
- 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
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 the individual information, by e-mail using the
e-mail 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 or 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 Web
site, and to take precautions against liability.
We may disclose personal information to any successor in interest (any company or
organization that purchases or otherwise takes over our assets).
- Public Forums. From time to time this Site may contain message boards and/or news
groups ("Forums"). Please remember that any information disclosed in these areas becomes
available. You should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information in these areas.
We do not
maintain or routinely monitor information posted on any message board or news group on our Site; however, we
the right to remove any postings that we deem inappropriate.
- 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,
disclosure of that information.We comply with the security safeguards detailed in our computer security
procedures, and routinely monitor that compliance. When credit card or other financial information is
over the Internet we use industry standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption to protect that
- Children. We do not intend to collect personal information from children under age 13
and in any event will not do so without the permission of the child's parent or guardian. Visitors who
participate on our Site and provide personal information indicating that they are under 13 years of age are
to provide the e-mail address of their parent or guardian. We then send an e-mail message to that parent or
alerting them to the child's request to participate on our Site, and we ask for the permission of the
or guardian. If permission is not promptly received, we delete all information about that visitor from our
quickly as possible. No information collected from users under the age of 13 is used for any marketing or
promotional purposes whatsoever.
- Questions, Complaints or Requests to Change Information If at any time you wish to
if you want to change any information collected by us, you may do so by contacting us by e-mail, telephone,
fax, or U.S. Mail, using the information set out below.
Advertisement and Sponsorship Identification
We believe it is important for you to be able to distinguish advertisements from health information. For this
advertisements and sponsorships are clearly identified as being separate from consumer health information.
If you click on an advertisement, or a third-party's link, you will be leaving the Community Health Systems
site and entering the advertiser's or third-party's site. Be aware that Community Health Systems has
no control over the practices of other sites. Your computer may receive cookies from other sites and you will
for the purposes of ad tracking and presentation. Community Health Systems does not share personally
visitor information with its advertising services. Community Health Systems may share anonymous aggregated
statistical information about uses of this Site.