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Media Lounge

This section is intended for members of the news media. UHS maintains a media relations program to provide current news about our programs, services and other activities of interest. The Media Relations department works with journalists to develop stories about our healthcare system including advances in technology, treatments and patient conditions. All media inquiries regarding UHS should be made directly through our office:

UHS Community Relations and Marketing:

10-42 Mitchell Avenue
Binghamton, NY 13903
607-762-2336

Contact

Jon Tooley
Director
607-762-2425

Carrie Davis
Coordinator
607-762-2804

Quick Facts about UHS

UHS is a locally owned, 896-bed hospital and healthcare system serving the Greater Binghamton region and the I-88 corridor of upstate New York. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

UHS exists for the purpose of meeting our community's healthcare needs and continually improving its well-being. In a very real sense, UHS belongs to the community. The boards of directors of UHS and its member organizations serve as trustees of the system's health resources. UHS was established as a not-for-profit organization in recognition of its community role and its obligation to return health, social and economic benefit to the community.

With a workforce of 5,800, UHS is the largest employer in Broome and surrounding counties. It is affiliated with a 500-member medical staff and a 193-member, multi-specialty group medical practice.

Licensed Beds:
UHS Binghamton General Hospital -- 200
UHS Wilson Medical Center -- 280
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital -- 138
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital -- 25
UHS Senior Living at Ideal -- 253
Total - 896

News Media Access to Information

UHS believes in the value of public information and welcomes the opportunity to work with the news media in ensuring that the community is well-informed about healthcare in an accurate, clear and responsible manner.

At the same time, the safety, care and well-being of our patients must always remain our primary responsibility, and this includes maintaining every patient’s right to privacy and confidentiality in accordance with the law and with the person’s wishes.

All media requests for information must first come to the UHS Community Relations Department. During regular business hours, please contact Community Relations by phone at 607-762-2336 or by e-mail at community_relations@uhs.org. After hours, contact the main number for the hospital associated with your inquiry and your message will be relayed to Community Relations.

While in the hospital or otherwise on the property of any UHS facility, all media representatives must be escorted by a member of Community Relations. Any patients photographed or videotaped must sign a UHS consent form in advance.

Unless advance arrangements are made with Community Relations, television crews shooting video or live shots outside any UHS facility must shoot from public property. Please do not block access to hospital streets, entrances or areas designated for patients, or park in areas designated for patients, visitors, ambulances or medivans.

Federal regulations contained in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) restrict the amount of information healthcare institutions can release about a patient’s condition to a single one-word condition.

If a patient has not requested that information be withheld and the request for information contains an accurate first and last name, we will generally be able to release the patient’s condition as noted below:

  • Good
  • Fair
  • Serious
  • Critical
The above guidelines are consistent with the guidelines of the American Hospital Association and federal law. UHS is not obligated to release any patient information. We do so in the spirit of cooperation and in the public interest. We ask that our rights and those of our patients be respected.

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