Dear Mr. Villarreal,
Thank you for providing CHRISTUS Spohn with an opportunity to respond to your inquiry. I have forwarded your inquiry to Estela Chapa, Vice President for CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial.
I appreciate your contact and have asked Mrs. Chapa to respond to your inquiry promptly.
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Chapa, Estela
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your recent inquiry, unfortunately, we are unable to discuss the care provided to any particular patient; as such a discussion would violate federal law.
The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA") prohibits health care providers from discussing the care provided to patients with third parties, including the media. We value the privacy of our patients, and we are not in a position to explain what care was rendered or the circumstances under which it occurred.
CHRISTUS Spohn takes seriously the duties imposed on all hospitals under Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act ("EMTALA"). Patients that present to our emergency room are provided with an appropriate medical screening examination and appropriate medical care under EMTALA.
As you are aware, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System has a rich and enduring tradition of providing care to all. We provide care in our emergency room to any patient suffering from an emergency medical condition regardless of age, race, sex, sexual orientation or the patient's ability to pay. Last year, we provided $54 million in charity care and community benefits to patients in South Texas. Not only is this commitment to our neighbors and community consistent with EMTALA but also the mission statement of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your inquires.
Estela Chapa, FACHE
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System