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Notice of Privacy Practices

Walker Methodist is committed to protecting the privacy and safeguarding the security of your health information. Our Notice of Privacy Practices pertains to our clinically integrated workforce members, other health care providers we work with, and it pertains to uses and disclosures of your protected health information whether made verbally, on paper, electronically, or through a health information exchange operated by Walker Methodist or a business associate. Additionally, it describes how you can obtain access to your information.


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(Walker Methodist Notice of Privacy Practices)

Michael Stabs

Contact: Michael Stabs, Privacy Officer

Direct: 612-827-8522

Email: mstabs@walkermethodist.org

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – HIPAA

HIPAA is federal legislation that was made law by Congress in 1996. With all the advancements in electronic technology, Congress recognized the need for federal privacy protections of individually identifiable health information and therefore has mandated privacy protections.

  • The HIPAA Privacy Rule became effective April 14, 2003 and is aimed at safeguarding the privacy of individuals through increased accountability in the areas of privacy and security. The Privacy Rule establishes a foundation for federal protection of the privacy of protected health information.
  • The HIPAA Security Rule became effective April 20, 2005 and calls for the protection of PHI in electronic formats.

Compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule is required for Walker Methodist communities, services, and offices because they transmit resident health information electronically related to health care claims, payment, or coordination of benefits.


Website Privacy Policy & Terms

This website is owned and operated by Walker Methodist. By visiting and using the features of this website, you agree to be bound by all the terms and conditions set forth herein, collectively referred to as “Policy.”

Walker Methodist may change any content in this Policy at its discretion by updating this page. It is recommended that you visit this page regularly to review any changes. If you do not agree to all of the terms in the Policy, you must leave the website immediately.

This Policy outlines how Walker Methodist uses, collects, and protects information that you give us when you use this website. Any information you provide on this website to Walker Methodist will be used in accordance with this Policy and may be shared across any website operated by Walker Methodist.

Walker Methodist is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you an be identified when using this website, you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this Policy.

Information & Content on this Website: Your use of this site is an acknowledgement that all content, graphics, images, videos, audio, and other material that is subject to copyright or trademark protection (“Intellectual Property”) is owned by or licensed to Walker Methodist. Except as permitted below, any duplication in whole or in part of any Intellectual Property on this website requires written permission from Walker Methodist.

Permitted uses of Intellectual Property: You may download, copy, save, or print Intellectual Property provided such action is for personal, non-commercial use and that such action does not alter in whole or in part the original content as it was on the website.

Site users are encouraged to “share” pages and content on this website across various social media outlets (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, FourSquare) so long as you do not alter in whole or in part any of the shared content or claim any such content to be that of your own.

We may collect the following “Personally Identifiable Information”

  • Name
  • Contact Information, including email address, mailing address, city state, or zip code.
  • Any other information relevant to the operation of this website.

You may refuse to provide any Personally Identifiable Information at your discretion; however, such refusal may impede your use and experience of this website and may disqualify you from entry into Walker Methodist or other third party sponsored contests, promotions, giveaways, or sweepstakes. In some cases, Walker Methodist may incorporate a third party with a promotion, contest, sweepstakes as a sponsor.

Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, this site does not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information — including online contact information — of children under the age of 13.

What we do with Collected Information: We require this information in order to effectively run online contests, sweepstakes, surveys, and to collect general contact information when submitted on a contact form. We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping
  • We may use the information to improve our website and other services
  • We may periodically send promotional email about contests, promotions, events or special offers
  • From time-to-time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax, mail. You are in no way obligated to participate in such market research requests
  • We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests

We will not sell your information to any third party for any reason.

Security: We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

You may choose to have us remove or alter any information we have on file about you, even if you previously opted in to provide us with information. To do so, please send an email to mstabs@walkermethodist.org.

We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting, if you tell us that you wish this to happen. You may request details of Personally Identifiable Information which we hold about you to mstabs@walkermethodist.org.

Copyright Infringement: If you believe in good faith that information or materials on the website infringe on your copyright, you or your agent may send us a notice, in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (“DMCA”), requesting that we remove or block access to the claimed infringing material. If you believe in good faith that someone has wrongfully filed a notice of copyright infringement against you, the DMCA permits you to send us a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA. See http://www.loc.gov/copyright Notices and counter-notices should be sent to mstabs@walkermethodist.org.

Limitation of Liability: Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall we be liable to you or any other person or entity for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages including lost profits, personal injury (including death) an property damage of any nature whatsoever, that result from (A) The use of or the inability to use our website or content, or (B) the conduct or actions, whether online or offline, of any user of our website or any other person or entity, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Jurisdiction and Venue: You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms of use or our website shall be filed, and that venue properly lies, only in state courts, and you hereby consent to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. We make no representation that the content on our website is appropriate or available for use in any particular location. Those who choose to access our website do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws including any applicable local laws.

General Provisions: These terms of use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota and the laws of the United States, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. If any provision of these terms of use shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these terms of use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. No waiver of any provision of these terms of use by us shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such provision or any other provision, and our failure to assert any right or provision under these terms of use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. In these terms of use, the word “including” is used illustratively, as if followed by the words “but not limited to.” All trademarks appearing on this website are the property of their respective owners. Nothing contained on this website should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark displayed on the website without the written permission of the party that may own the applicable trademark.

You agree that any cause of action you may have arising out of or related to these terms of use must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action accrues; otherwise, such cause of action shall be permanently barred.