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About St. Vincent's Medical Center - Bridgeport CT

Privacy Statement

St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT

St. Vincent's Health Services Corporation, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and their affiliates (“we” or “us”) are dedicated to providing informative and educational websites.  This Privacy Policy explains the online data collection and usage policies governing www.stvincents.org and the websites of its affiliates (collectively, the “Site”). 

The Site may contain links to other websites over which we have no control.  We are not responsible for the privacy policies of those other websites, and we encourage you to review the privacy policies applicable to those websites.  We value your privacy.

Information We Collect and Retain

Personally-Identifiable Information - We do not collect and store personally identifiable information (such as name, address, email address, telephone number, credit card information, etc.) unless you affirmatively and knowingly respond to our requests for personal information and provide that information to us.

Behavioral Information - We do receive and store certain other types of information whenever you visit our Site.  In addition to information you provide, we may collect the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet; the IP address of the computer you are using; the browser and operating system you are using; the date and time you access the site; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked to the Site.  We use “cookies” to automatically gather some of this information.  A cookie is a small text file that we send to your computer to collect information about your activities on the Site.  The cookie transmits this information back to the Site each time your browser requests a page from the Site, and the information is stored to help facilitate your use of the Site the next time you visit.  If you do not want to receive cookies from the Site, you can set your browser to not accept cookies.

Use of Information

Personally identifiable information is used only to provide you with the health-related information and services you have indicated you would like to receive.  We will not sell, lease or otherwise transfer or share any information we have collected from you with any third parties other than as required by law, or as necessary to protect the security of visitors and others.

We may monitor IP addresses and other behavioral information for security purposes, Site administration, trend analysis, to prevent fraud, troubleshoot problems and/or improve our services.  The IP address of the computer you use to access this Site is not linked to any personal information you provide on this Site. 

Social Security Numbers

In accordance with Connecticut Public Act No. 08-167, we limit access to Social Security numbers to those persons with a “need to know” them.  We endeavor to protect the confidentiality of Social Security numbers at all times and prohibit their unlawful disclosure. 

Information Security

We are committed to preserving the security and integrity of our visitor's personally identifiable information.  We have employed administrative, technical, electronic and contractual security measures to protect your information from intentional or unintentional use or disclosure.  While we will make every effort to safeguard your information (including any email communication), we cannot eliminate all security and privacy risks inherent in Internet use.  You acknowledge awareness of such risks, including, but not limited to, the limitations of security and authentication measures and the chance that any information transferred via the Site may be susceptible to eavesdropping, hacking and other security hazards.  We shall not be liable for damages of any kind associated with these security risks.

Children's Online Privacy Policy

While the bulk of content on the Site is directed at adults, some features may be related to children under the age of thirteen (13).  We do not knowingly collect, use or disclose information from or about a child under the age of thirteen (13) without first obtaining verifiable consent from that child's parent or guardian, including consent to any material change in the collection, use or disclosure practices to which the parent or guardian has previously consented.

Medical Information

Medical information provided by us, without a face-to-face visit with a health care professional, is an educational service only, and not the provision of health care.  Information provided through this Site or over the Internet should not be relied upon as medical advice or as a medical consultation.

Changes to Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to amend and update this Privacy Policy at any time and for any reason, and you are responsible for reviewing this Privacy Policy from time to time to become aware of any such changes. 

Opt-Out and Removal from Mailing List

If you do not want us to share information we collect or receive about you, or want Automated Information deleted from our records, you may communicate this to us by:

    * Choosing to "opt-out" prior to submitting any information; or

    * Sending a written request to the following address:

Marketing Department
St. Vincent's Medical Center
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT   06606

If you have signed up to receive certain health-related information and newsletters in connection with our St. Vincent's Club 50, The Vinny Club, or any other Site feature, you may later decide that you no longer wish to receive that information. You may request removal from any such mailing list by written notice to the address above or by calling 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).

Questions

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or your personal information, please contact us at:

Legal Department
St. Vincent’s Medical Center
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT   06606

Internet Privacy Policy v. 3
October 2011

Also see Notice of Information Practices.

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