Social Media Participation Guidelines

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The opinions and or views expressed on St. Joseph's Healthcare System's ("SJHS") social media platforms, including, but not limited to, our blogs, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, represent the thoughts of individual bloggers and online communities, and not those necessarily of SJHS or any of its corporate affiliates or any of their respective officers, employees, research staff, medical staff or members of their respective boards of trustees. The opinions and views expressed on these pages do not in any way reflect the views of the site they are posted on, other sites affiliated with the site, the staff involved with maintaining the site or any members of the site.

We encourage your comments on SJHS's various social media outlets, and hope you will join the discussions. We can't respond to every comment, particularly those that deal with individual medical cases and issues. We review posted comments. We also expect a high level of civility; with a focus on mutual respect. Profanity or abusive language is out-of-bounds. You must be at least 18 years old to post any content on any social media site.


Neither information posted on one of our sites nor the lack of a response by us, is intended to be medical, legal, financial, insurance or any other kind of advice and should not be considered such advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified physician, lawyer, financial advisor, insurance consultant or other counselor or advisor. To obtain this kind of advice, you must consult with your own physician, lawyer, financial advisor, insurance consultant or other counselor or advisor, and can not rely upon our social media sites or other online forums for these kinds of advice.


All links to other web sites found linked from SJHS's social media sites are provided as a service to readers, but such linkage does not constitute endorsement of those sites by SJHS, and as such we are not responsible for the content of external Web sites.


As a social media user, you agree that you will not violate any local, state, federal and international laws and regulations, including but not limited to copyright and intellectual property rights laws regarding any content that you send or receive via our social media sites.


By posting any comments, posts or other material on St. Joseph's-sponsored media outlets, you give SJHS the irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, publish, display, edit, modify, create derivative works from, and otherwise use your submission for any purpose in any form and on any media.


You also agree that you will not:

  • Post material that infringes on the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights.
  • Post material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by SJHS in its sole discretion.
  • Post advertisements or solicitations of business.
  • Post chain letters or pyramid schemes.
  • Impersonate another person.
  • Allow any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments.
  • Post the same note more than once or "spam."


St. Joseph's reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:

  • Remove communications that are abusive, illegal or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Guidelines.
  • Terminate a user's access to the social media feature upon any breach of these Guidelines.
  • Edit or delete any communications regardless of whether such communications violate these standards.


THESE GUIDELINES MAY BE UPDATED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE, AND EACH TIME A USER ACCESSES A SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE, THE NEW GUIDELINES WILL GOVERN USAGE EFFECTIVE UPON POSTING. To remain in compliance, SJHS suggests that you review the Guidelines, as well as any other website guidelines, at regular intervals. By continuing to post any content after such new terms are posted, you accept and agree to any and all such modifications to these Guidelines.

Finally, you agree that you will indemnify SJHS against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and costs) arising out of a claim by a third party relating to any material you have posted.


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