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Media Relations

University of Missouri Health Care's media relations team is available to assist members of the news media. We're glad to facilitate:

  • Interviews with MU Health Care sources on health care related topics
  • Information about news releases or events at our hospitals or clinics
  • Requests to videotape or shoot still photos in our hospitals or clinics or on health system property
  • Obtaining patient condition reports

The media relations team is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached by contacting the appropriate person below. If you have an urgent question after hours or on a weekend, please page the on-call media relations representative at (573) 876-0708.

Media Relations Coordinators

Jeff Hoelscher
Email: hoelscherj@missouri.edu
(573) 884-1608
Pager: (573) 441-7895

Colin Planalp
Email: planalpc@missouri.edu
(573) 884-1935
Pager: (573) 397-9894

Derek Thompson
Email: thompsonder@health.missouri.edu
(573) 882-3323
Pager: (573) 397-9880

Public Relations Manager

Mary Jenkins
Email: jenkinsmg@health.missouri.edu
(573) 882-7299
Pager: (573) 876-0708

Director of Planning and Business Development

Marty McCormick
Email: mccormickm@health.missouri.edu
Office: (573) 884-0367
Cell: (573) 424-8085

Kathy Richardson
Administrative Associate
Email: richardsonk@health.missouri.edu
(573) 882-8046

Confidentiality of Health Information
MU Health Care is required to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our patients. The media relations team provides patient condition reports within the limitations imposed by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). A patient name is required before the media relations team can release one of the following condition reports as defined by the American Hospital Association.

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.

Treated and Released - received treatment but not admitted

Expired - MU Health Care's policy is to notify next of kin before releasing this patient condition

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