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Our Commitment to Privacy


Our Hospital is committed to respecting and protecting your privacy as a visitor to our Web site. We take the issue of privacy very seriously and value the trust you place in us each time you use our services and access this Web site. This Privacy Statement describes the practices and policies we have put into place to safeguard your personal and health-related personal information that may be gathered and used as you visit our Web site.

The policy may change from time to time so please check back periodically. If you have any questions about our privacy policies, we encourage you to contact us using any of the methods outlined at the end of our Privacy Statement.

Who Is Collecting the Information?

Our Hospital is collecting information on this Web site as outlined in this privacy statement.

What Information Do We Collect?

Automatic Collection of Information:

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the web site or download information, our system will automatically gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally and is used in an aggregate way to help us improve our web site and tell us the number of visitors to our site each day.

Our Web server automatically collects and records the following information:

— The visitor’s IP address
— Aggregate information on what pages are accessed
— The name and release number of web browser software used
— The operating system used
— Date and time you access our site
— The address of the Web site that linked to us (referrer URL)

How Do We Use the Information We Collect?

The information we gather automatically and with your permission during your visit to our Web site is used in the following ways:

— Monitor, review, measure, and analyze Web site utilization
— Modify and enhance the Web site
— Improve the content and design of our Web site
— Respond to your requests
— Monitor and improve our customer service efforts
— Distribute news and other health information requested by Web visitors
— Notify visitors about updates to our Web site
— Determine the effectiveness of health promotion and marketing programs

With Whom Will the Information Be Shared?

We will notify you at the time of data collection or transfer if your data will be shared with a third party and you will always have the option of not permitting the transfer. If you do not wish to allow your data to be shared, you can choose not to use a particular service.

The personally identifiable information gathered during your visit to this Web site is shared as follows:

— Shared with affiliated organizations
— We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so.
— We do not rent, sell, exchange or in some way provide personally identifiable information to any third-party organization.

Access and Correction of Personal Information

Opt-out of Transfer of Information

Individuals may notify us that they wish to opt-out and prevent the transfer of their personally identifiable information by:

— Sending us e-mail to that effect at: slaswell@dmhhs.org
— Calling us by telephone at: 217-876-3785
— Writing to us at the contact address

Review of Personal Information

Upon request we provide site visitors with access to:

— Contact information (e.g., Name, address, phone number) that we maintain about them

How to Access and Correct Personal Information

Consumers can access and request correction to this information by:

— Sending us e-mail to that effect at: slaswell@dmhhs.org
— Calling us by telephone at: 217-876-3785
— Writing to us at the contact address

Additional Use of Personal Information

Requesting No E-mail Communication

You may receive e-mail messages from us about health topics that may be of interest to you, health and Web site-related news, upcoming events, special promotions, and other relevant information. If you do not wish to receive such email messages, please let us know by the following means:

— Sending us e-mail to that effect at: slaswell@dmhhs.org
— Calling us by telephone at: 217-876-3785
— Writing to us at the contact address

Requesting No Postal Mailings

You may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new products and services or upcominng events. If you do not wish to receive such mailings, please let us know by the following means:

— Sending us e-mail to that effect at: slaswell@dmhhs.org
— Calling us by telephone at: 217-876-3785
— Writing to us at the contact address

Requesting No E-mail Communication

Persons who supply us with their telephone numbers on-line may receive calls from us regarding response to their information requests, orders they have placed on-line, or information regarding new products and services or upcoming events. If you do not wish to receive telephone calls, please let us know by:

— Sending us e-mail to that effect at: slaswell@dmhhs.org
— Calling us by telephone at: 217-876-3785
— Writing to us at the contact address

Our Use of Cookies

Many Web sites now use cookies to provide useful features to their visitors by providing customizable and personalized services.

A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. For example, a Web site may use cookies to store and sometimes track information about you, your preferences, or the pages you last visited.

Your browser software can be set to reject all cookies, or to ask you if you would like to accept or decline a cookie from a particular site before it is set. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the Help section of the toolbar. You should know, however, that if you reject a cookie, certain functions and conveniences of a site may not work properly.

— We do not use any cookies to store or collect information on our Web site.

Registration for Access

Some Web sites require you to provide some personal information through a registration process in order to take advantage of certain Web site features and to access content areas. For example, a registration form might request your name, telephone number and e-mail address. You might also be asked to voluntarily provide a list of health topics that you are interested in so your Web site experience

Access to some of the features on this Web site requires registration,and the disclosure of some personal information.

Security of Communications

We recognize that many people are concerned about the privacy and protection of information as it is transmitted over the Internet. You should keep in mind that the possibility exists for unauthorized individuals to intercept any email message you send over the Internet. In some cases, information can be encrypted (scrambled or encoded) to make it very difficult to read if it is intercepted during communication. Certain technology and practices allow Web sites to provide an increased level of security for your personal and health-related information when appropriate.

We use the following practices on our Web site to enhance the level of security for communication and the transmission of personal information:

— We always use industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving consumer data exchanged with our site
— We have taken reasonable steps to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of personally identifiable information that you may provide.
— We use e-mail forms to allow our customers to ask questions about our services and programs. These are hosted on a secure server to encrypt the transmission of your information.
— When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as financial or health information, we redirect visitors to a secure server and will notify visitors through a pop-up screen on our site.
— We have appropriate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site

E-Commerce, Online Donations, and Online Shopping

Purchasing items or making donations over the Internet usually requires you to provide your personal identifying information and credit card information on a Web site. Many people have become accustomed to on-line commerce as a time-saving and useful convenience. There are a number of practices that can make providing your sensitive credit card information more secure and therefore make you feel more comfortable about doing so.

We do process credit card payments for donations, merchandise, or services on our Web site. We have the following e-commerce practices:

— When processing your credit card payment, we will ask for the card type, number, expiration date, and your card’s billing address.
— We will transmit credit card numbers in an encrypted format using industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
— When a credit card transaction is completed, we will discard your credit card number on their Internet server
— We will keep this information in the strictest confidence and will make every effort to maintain the privacy and security of the information at all times.

Advertising Servers

On-line advertising, such as banner ads, has become commonplace on many Web sites. Certain Web sites have developed relationships with third-party advertising servers to display these advertisements on their sites. By clicking
on one of these banner ads, you will be taken to another site with different privacy policies. These third party ad servers may also use cookies to collect non-personal information on your preferences and interests via the advertisement you decide to view.

— At this time, we do not partner with or have special relationships with any advertising server companies.

Links to Other Sites

Web sites often provide a number of links that offer direct access to other useful or interesting web sites holding potential value to site visitors. Inclusion of the other sites by links does not imply any endorsement of the material
or information on the other sites. Users are encouraged to review the privacy policy of each linked site before sharing personal and health-related information.

This site includes links to non-affiliated external Web sites. We have the following practices:

— We encourage users to review the privacy policy of each linked site, as we cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of other sites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future, we have the following practices:

— We will post the policy changes to our Web site to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our Web site periodically.

Preference for Future Use of Information

You may prevent your information from being used for purposes other than those for which it was originally collected by:

— Sending us e-mail to that effect at: slaswell@dmhhs.org
— Calling us by telephone at: 217-876-3785
— Writing to us at the contact address

Web Site Contact Information

If you have questions about our privacy policy, or feel that this site is not following its stated information policy, please contact us.

Decatur Memorial Hospital
PO Box 2572
Decatur, IL 62525-2572

E-mail: slaswell@dmhhs.org
Telephone: 217-876-3785