Freedom of Information (FOI) Requirements
The Director of Public Relations and Fund Development is the Freedom of Information officer for McDonough District Hospital. Questions regarding the availability of records to the public may be referred to the FOI officer. (Please note: Patient medical records are covered separately through HIPPA.)
Submit questions in writing by mail or email to:
John C. Maguire
Director of Public Relations and Fund Development
McDonough District Hospital
525 E. Grant St.
Macomb, IL 61455
McDonough District Hospital (MDH) is a public not-for-profit hospital established by referendum and opened in 1958. MDH is a 113-bed hospital, located in Macomb, Illinois, and provides an impressive spectrum of advanced medical treatments and personalized health services. The annual budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year is estimated on operating revenue of $63,046,000 with estimated expenses of $62,191,000. MDH has more than 500 full and part-time employees.
Process for submitting a Freedom of Information request:
1. FORM OF FOI REQUESTS
Requests for information shall be in writing and shall identify the requester by name, address and organization, if applicable. The request shall identify the information requested as specifically as possible. The request shall specify whether the request is for the inspection and photocopying of the information or for the photocopies of the information only. If certified copies are required, the request shall so state. The requester is asked to provide a telephone number in order for the FOI officer to clarify any requests or set up times for an inspection of records.
2. RESPONSE TO FOI REQUESTS
The FOI officer or designee shall act upon requests. The requester shall be notified in writing or electronic mail that the request has been approved, denied, or extended pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. The approval of a request for inspection shall identify the documents determined to be in response to the request. If the information requested is stored as computer data and not available in a comprehensible printed form, the approval shall identify the data, the actual cost of providing a comprehensible printed form and the amount of time necessary to provide the requester with the printed form. The approval of a request for photocopies shall identify the documents, the exact number of pages and the fee for photocopying, postage and certification, if certified copies are requested. A copy of each denial and an affidavit of mailing of the denial shall be on file at the office to which the request was made.
3. TIME AND PLACE OF ACCESS FOR RECORDS
The approval of a request for inspection shall inform the requester where the information will be available for inspection. The approval of a request for photocopies or computer-stored data will inform the requester that upon receipt of the appropriate fee the material will be mailed or available for pick-up at a specific place.
4. FEES AND COSTS FOR FOI REQUESTS
There is no charge for providing up to 50 photocopies. There will be a fifteen cents per page fee after the first 50 pages. A charge for providing electronic format documentation is limited to the cost of the electronic storage device (cd or disc).
5. APPEAL OF A DENIAL OF A FOI REQUEST
Denials of requests for records must be made in writing and justify the specific reasons for nondisclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. An appeal of the denial may be filed by the requester with the Public Access Counselor, in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, 500 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62706; telephone 217-558-0846; firstname.lastname@example.org