News Media Policies
Because of its reputation for excellence, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota often receives requests from local and national media seeking expert commentary on current trends in pediatric medicine, information on the latest research and technology, or stories about the young patients in our care and their families.
To request an interview with a physician or a patient family at Children’s of Minnesota, please contact a member of our media relations team, who will work quickly to accommodate your request.
PLEASE NOTE: Since we are a children’s hospital, the media relations team is only authorized to release a patient condition report with parental consent. We are unable to comment on or provide information on any patient without approval from a parent or guardian.
Once we have consent, the media relations team will provide the following hospital conditions, as defined by HIPPA:
Undetermined – Patient awaiting physician assessment.
Good – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
Fair – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
Serious – Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
Critical – Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.
Visiting a Hospital or Clinic:
A member of the media relations team will help you navigate the hospital campuses in Minneapolis or St. Paul, or one of our clinic locations, by helping identify physicians, staff or families appropriate for your story; identifying the appropriate clinic space, outdoor location or conference room to conduct your interview; and coordinating any necessary photo or b-roll shoots at the hospital.
We require that any journalist and/or news photographer visiting the hospital be escorted by a member of the media relations team while at a Children’s hospital campus or clinic.
Additionally, we request that references to the hospital include the hospital’s full name, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and that interviews arranged through the Children’s media team identify the subject by their Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota title.
We require the parent of any patient under 18, or a patient who is over 18, to sign a consent/photo release form before granting an interview, releasing medical information, or being photographed.