Website Privacy Statement

Beacon Health System (Beacon) is sensitive to protecting the privacy of our website visitors. The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to let you know how we handle information received from you through this website, as well as inform you of the risks involved when you communicate or provide information by way of the Internet. Keep in mind that changes are periodically made to this Privacy Statement without notice. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our terms of use.

During your visit to our website, remember that the medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues.

Health and Medical Information

Certain health and medical information about you is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and applicable state law. This information may be provided by you online or offline, or may be collected by us from other methods such as through a health care provider. We strive to protect covered health and medical information as required by HIPAA and applicable state law. Similarly, we may use covered health and medical information as permitted by HIPAA and applicable state law.

To read more about our privacy practices regarding health and medical information under HIPAA, please click here.

Security/Confidentiality

No transmission of data over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We will, however, use a number of physical security methods, electronic security methods, and administrative methods to protect the security, confidentiality, and integrity of information submitted through this Web site.

Information Collection and Storage

Personally Identifiable Information: We do not purposely collect information that personally identifies you unless you choose to provide it to us (for example, Web pages that allow you to register for a class, complete an online job application or send an e-mail message). The personal information you submit is shared only with those people within our organization who need this information to respond to your question or request, third parties who provide services for you on our behalf (such as payment processors), and as otherwise permitted by law to allow us to operate our business or to comply with applicable laws.

As used in this Privacy Statement, personal information does not include information protected under HIPAA or applicable state laws, which is protected as described in the section “Health and Medical Information” above.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information

We may collect information that does not personally identify you for various purposes (for example, website usage, traffic patterns, site performance and related statistics based on our tracking record of your visits to our website).

We may collect some of this information using persistent “cookies” to recognize a repeat visitor; this helps us collect general information about how our site is viewed. We may also collect and log the IP address of each visitor to gather aggregate data on visitors to our site. Keep in mind that neither cookies nor IP addresses are used to collect any personal information from you.

Email

Most email does not provide a completely secure and confidential means of communication. It is possible that your email could be viewed inappropriately by another Internet user. If you choose to provide us with your email address or to send us information using email, any misaddressing may result in others intercepting, altering, forwarding or using the information without authorization. If you wish to keep your information completely private, you should not use email.

From time to time, a representative from Beacon may wish to deliver information to you via email. In addition, Beacon may occasionally distribute news and announcements via email. Please note, we do not sell, trade, or otherwise share our email lists with others. You may remove your name from any list you have registered for using our website’s established method. With regard to your use of email, we warn that:

If you receive email at work, your employer may have the right to save and read your email; similarly, your Internet service provider may have the right to save and read your email.

If you share your email account, others may view your emails.

It is possible to intercept and read email during transmission.

Links to Other Websites

Our website contains links to other websites that are not managed or controlled by us. These links are provided for your convenience only. We do not review, endorse or take responsibility for the content of these other websites. If you choose to access such sites, you are subject to the privacy policies of those sites.

Information From Children

Our website is not intended to attract or collect information from children under the age of 13, unless they receive verifiable parental consent. If you think we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13 through this website, please contact us immediately.

Printing or Downloading Information

Unless otherwise stated, you may print or download information from our website for personal, noncommercial use only. You must, however, identify the source of the material and include a statement that the materials are protected by copyright law.

Disclaimer of Warranties, Content Accuracy

Although Beacon attempts to ensure the integrity and accurateness of the Site, it makes no representations, warranties or guarantees whatsoever as to the correctness or accuracy of the Site and Content thereon. It is possible that the Site could include typographical errors, inaccuracies or other errors, and that unauthorized additions, deletions and alterations could be made to the Site by third parties.