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This Privacy Policy will tell you what kinds of information we collect about you when you visit the website ("Website") of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System and its subsidiaries ("ARHS"), how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, how we protect it, and your choices regarding our use of, and your ability to correct, the information. You must read our Privacy Policy to understand both our commitment to you and your privacy, and how you can help us to honor that commitment. By entering this Website, you accept this Internet Privacy Policy and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System's Terms and Conditions of Use.

This Privacy Policy only applies to your use of this Website. Other websites which are linked to by this site are not subject to this Privacy Policy, and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is not responsible for the content of or information collection policies of third party websites.

This Website is intended for adults aged 18 and older, and is not intended for or directed to persons under age 18. ARHS does not collect Personal Information through this Website from any person known to be under the age of 18.


How We Collect Information About You
We collect information about you in the following ways: You may submit Voluntary Information.
There may be certain areas in this Website where you can voluntarily submit information, including personal information such as information that could be used to identify or contact you or information about your medical condition ("Personal Information"), to ARHS. If you choose to voluntarily submit information, including Personal Information, to ARHS through this Website, you understand that such information will be transmitted over the Internet. While ARHS has taken reasonable steps to protect any information that you may submit from unauthorized interception and use, the risk of unauthorized interception and use of electronically transmitted information cannot be entirely eliminated. Therefore, there is always a risk of unauthorized interception and use of any information that you submit to ARHS through this Website. If you voluntarily access and use this Website, ARHS will not be responsible for any unauthorized interception and use of your information, and you understand and agree that ARHS shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special or consequential damages arising from your use of this Website.

We may store your Internet Protocol Address.

We may store the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer when you visit our Website. This information is only used in the aggregate to create broad demographic summaries of website users. For example, the information can be used to let us know what percentage of users come from North or South America. However, our use of the IP addresses does not identify the actual users of this Website. We may use Cookies.

We may also collect information about you and your use of our Website through the use of "Cookies". Cookies are small computer files located on your computer's hard drive that allow us to know how often you visit our Website and the activities you conduct while on our Website. This information may help us dynamically generate content on our web pages that is specifically designed for you and also allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our Website and for what purpose. Third parties may also use Cookies when you select their content or service, and we cannot control their use of Cookies or how they use the information they gather.



Our Disclosure of Information to Third Parties
Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy, we will not disclose to companies and people other than ARHS, its employees, agents, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees, medical staff, professional staff, and administration, any Personal Information we gather from you. Any Personal Information provided to ARHS, its subsidiaries, affiliates and licensees will be treated in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy, unless you are notified otherwise. In the following limited circumstances, we may release Personal Information to third parties: (1) to comply with applicable legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, discovery request, or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as harm to you or others.

We may provide information about you that does not allow you to be identified or contacted ("Aggregate Information") to third parties. For example, we may inform one or more third parties who may or may not be an advertiser on our Website regarding the number of users of our Website and the activities they conduct while on our Website. Depending on the circumstances, we may or may not charge for this information.

When making a payment to your bill online, we will not sell your personal information to third parties.

Internal Handling of Personal Information
We have made efforts to provide a reasonable level of security.

We want your Personal Information to remain as secure as reasonably possible. That is why we have a two-tier system that combines technical safeguards and employee access restrictions. On the technical side, we use Secure Sockets Layer encryption technology to protect the integrity and privacy of the Personal Information you provide to us through the Internet. To take advantage of these technical safeguards, your computer must meet the minimum browser requirements for this site, which is Netscape 3.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher. Only authorized ARHS employees, agents, medical staff, and professional staff are permitted access to your Personal Information.


Our use of your information.
We may use your voluntarily submitted information, including Personal Information, in a manner that is consistent with the Terms and Conditions of Use Agreement and this Privacy Policy, including the following:

* To enable us to verify user credentials in order to maintain reasonable security;
* To provide our editors with information that is useful in developing new features and services for our users;
* To allow us to potentially vary advertising based on user preference, usage preferences, and demographics;

* To enable us to develop and improve the features, content, and services available through the site; and
* To contact you regarding new Website features, topic-based news alerts, products, and product and service buying opportunities.

Internally, we use Aggregate Information in a number of ways to improve the Website and its content and services. The Aggregate Information helps us determine how much our customers use parts of the Website, so we can improve our site to assure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many people as possible.

Updating Your Personal Information and Contacting Us

You can always contact us by e-mail at webmaster@apprhs.orgThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it in order to (a) delete your Personal Information from our system, (b) update the Personal Information that you have provided to us, and/or (c) change your preferences with respect to informational/promotional contacts. We may change our Privacy Policy at any time by posting revisions to our Website. Your use of the Website constitutes acceptance of the provisions of this Privacy Policy, and your continued use after changes are posted to the Website constitutes acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the provisions of this Privacy Policy or any revisions to the Privacy Policy, please exit this Website immediately.