For the Media

ChristianaCare’s External Affairs Department provides information to help the media with their news stories. Media requests can be expedited for interviews through the interview request form.
Members of the media also can visit Our Experts page. Each expert profile has a “Request an Interview” button that will allow External Affairs to efficiently connect you to the right sources for your story.

Our Experts

LeRoi Hicks, M.D., MPH

LeRoi Hicks, M.D., MPH

Chief Medical Officer of Wilmington Hospital and Physician Leader of iREACH

Social Determinants of Health/Health Disparities, Medicine, Chronic Disease, Internal Medicine, Health Equity

Marci Lynn Drees, M.D., MS

Marci Lynn Drees, M.D., MS

Chief Infection Prevention Officer and Hospital Epidemiologist

Vaccines, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Influenza (Flu), Healthcare-associated Infections, Mass Vaccination, Infectious Disease, Hospital Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Michael Benninghoff, DO, MS

Michael Benninghoff, DO, MS

Section Chief for Medical Critical Care

Pulmonology, Coronavirus treatment, Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine

Anahi Santiago, EMBA, CISM

Anahi Santiago, EMBA, CISM

Chief Information Security Officer

Cybersecurity Issues and Stories, Cybersecurity and Risk Management, Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Cybersecurity Education

Members of the media who require assistance after hours, on weekends or holidays may call 302-733-1000. If necessary, the on-call staff member will be paged. Please review our media policy below.

Press releases

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Media policy

To effectively facilitate the requests of media reporting on news and events at ChristianaCare, the Department of External Affairs has established the following guidelines for reporters requesting information or interviews:

  • Media must arrange all interviews and photo shoots with ChristianaCare staff or patients in advance through the Department of External Affairs.
  • Media representatives in External Affairs will consider media requests for patient interviews or photographs in consultation with the patient’s clinical team so as not to jeopardize the patient’s condition or delivery of care.
  • To ensure confidentiality, privacy and appropriate sensitivity to patients and families, reporters, film crews, and photographers must always be accompanied by an External Affairs staff person while on any ChristianaCare property. Hospital security will ask unauthorized media to leave the campus until they have contacted the External Affairs Department.
  • If the media has a patient’s name and the patient is in the directory, ChristianaCare will provide a one-word condition description of the patient’s medical status.
  • Patients who agree to be interviewed or filmed at any hospital or facility must provide prior written consent to External Affairs.

Patient conditions terminology

Patient conditions will be released to the media, providing the reporter is able to identify the patient by name and the patient is in the directory. To protect patient confidentiality, ChristianaCare will not release any patient information other than a one-word condition description as defined by the American Hospital Association. Patient conditions are defined as follows:

  • 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.