It is the policy of Bon Secours to cooperate with the news media to the fullest extent possible. We understand the nature of breaking news and deadlines and will do our best to meet your requests. However, our first duty is to resident and patient care and privacy.
We are bound by federal HIPAA laws that limit the amount of resident and patient information we may release without the specific consent of the resident/patient or resident/patient representative. No information other than a one-word condition report will be released without written permission by the resident/patient or by the legal guardian of the resident/patient.
Interview and Photo Requests
All news media requests for information and interviews must be approved by a member of the Bon Secours St. Petersburg media team.
During normal business hours please contact:
System Director, Communications
Urgent media needs during non-business hours should be made by calling the main number at Bon Secours Maria Manor: 727-568-1000.
Media Coverage Rules at Bon Secours Facilities
Escorts required: Reporters and photographers must make arrangements with the Bon Secours St. Petersburg media team to arrange access to Bon Secours facilities, even if you are invited by a resident, patient, family member or physician.
Resident/patient consent form required: A signed Bon Secours resident/patient consent form must be obtained by an authorized Bon Secours representative prior to interviewing, photographing or videotaping a resident or patient in our facilities.
Access limited to story requested: Reporters and photographers will limit their news coverage to the story requested.
We cannot supply resident or patient names: To provide a condition report on a resident or patient, we need a first and last name and correct spelling.
Confirming resident/patient deaths: We will confirm resident/patient deaths after appropriate notification of family members.
Referencing Bon Secours: When pronouncing Bon Secours, the “s” at the end of Secours is silent