Terms of Use

Information offered on this site does not represent an opinion of Borgess, its Board of Trustees, or Borgess Health. Persons accessing and sending information through this Web site assume full responsibility for the use of the information and understand and agree that Borgess is not responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damage arising from the use or loss of the information. Borgess does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, correctness, timeliness or usefulness of any product, information or materials provided through this service. There is no warranty that services provided will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free. Borgess will not be liable to you for any decision made or action taken by you or anyone else in reliance upon information or services contained on or provided through this site. Reference to specific products, processes or services does not constitute or imply recommendation or endorsement by Borgess. The information published could include technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information on this server.

Provisional links from this site to sites located outside of Borgess do not imply endorsement or credibility of the service, information or product offered through the linked sites.

Medical Disclaimer
Any health care advice offered is ONLY general health care advice, not advice to a specific person based on a specific patient’s condition. The advice is intended to provide only general basis for a person to discuss their personal medical condition with their health care provider. Persons suffering from specific health care problems are strongly urged to directly consult their personal health care provider before following any health care advice received from this site.

Furthermore, the information and connectivity available on this Web site are not to be used in an emergency situation. Individuals experiencing an emergency situation are to seek professional medical assistance immediately by calling 911 or going to the nearest hospital emergency department.

Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physicians and others at Borgess have reviewed all health care content to see that it meets Borgess standards and practices. An oversight committee directed this effort. The last comprehensive review of this material was made in November 2001. The health care content was originally authored by Greystone.net and is owned by Borgess.

The marks “Borgess” and “Borgess.com” are marks of Borgess Health.

Privacy Policies
This following describes how we collect information from you or about you, why we collect this information, how we will use or disclose this information and how you can update or delete personally identifiable information collected about you from our records. In addition, the following sets forth our general policies on security.

Borgess is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement. Borgess, its affiliates and agents, collects information from our users at several different points on our Web site and uses it to contact users for medical, marketing and promotional purposes.

Communications / Service Requests
Borgess provides users with an opportunity to communicate with various departments and request services via secure, confidential online forms. Users are responsible for providing accurate information, including a telephone number.

Although Borgess employs the use of "cookies" for shoppingcart transactions, they contain only a User ID and are deleted from your computer once the transaction has been completed, or when you log out of your Internet browser. Collecting this information does not allow us to personally identify you.

E-Commerce Transactions
Some areas of the Service may allow you to conduct e-commerce transactions. In connection with these transactions, we collect data necessary to complete the transaction, which is furnished by you. This information is used for billing purposes and may be furnished to a third party in order to facilitate the transaction. If we have trouble processing a request, the contact information is used to get in touch with the user.

E-mail a Friend
If a user elects to use our referral service, we ask the user for the friend's name and e-mail address. Borgess will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit the site. These e-mail addresses are not stored for any future use.

Log Files
There are several types of information we collect. We gather aggregate information on how our site is being used, including the pages visitors are viewing. This aggregate information may be shared with sponsors and other businesses. To maintain your anonymity, we do not associate IP addresses with records containing personal information. We will use IP address information, however, to personally identify you in order to enforce our legal rights or when required to do so by law enforcement authorities.

Links / Other Sites
Our privacy policies apply only to your use of this site. The site contains links to other sites, including sites that may indicate a special relationship with us. While we do not disclose personally identifiable information to those operating these linked sites, we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. You should read the privacy policies of each site you visit to determine what information that site may be collecting about you.

This Web site takes precautions to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the Web site, their information is protected both online and off-line.

When our registration/contact forms ask users to enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to unlocked, or open, when you are just "surfing."

In addition to using SSL encryption, Borgess restricts the use of information by allowing only authorized users access. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Our employees must use password-protected accounts to access information. Furthermore, employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment, within a locked cage.

Any advertising used as a source of funding will be clearly stated. In addition, any advertising and other promotional material will be presented in a manner and context that facilitates differentiation between it and Borgess.com content.

Borgess.com is supported by Borgess Health and is provided as a community health resource. If you have any questions about the security at our Web site, you can contact the Borgess Webmaster.

Sharing / Aggregate Information
We partner with another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.