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Terms of Use

Terms of Use

St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake has established a social media presence on Facebook, in addition to its website, and is committed to expanding involvement to other social media platforms going forward, as part of the hospital’s communication strategy.

Given the nature of our business, we need to be particularly careful about how we use social media to exchange information and interact. We appreciate you taking the time to visit this page and interact with us on social media. We would also appreciate your support for Terms of Use, which we’ve adopted from other health-related sites and modified as appropriate.

St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake (referred to as SJGHEL) makes this social media tool available to you subject to these Terms of Use. By using one of our social media sites, you agree to these terms of use:

Maintaining a Positive Atmosphere

Please post messages that are respectful of other individuals. Unpleasant personal remarks are hurtful. Highly critical comments can make other members wary of expressing their opinions. So please feel free to disagree, but please use respectful language in all comments.

Share your Experience, Not Your Advice

Do not provide medical advice.

Seek Professional Help When in Crisis

This page is not intended to provide crisis support. If you are in crisis, we encourage you to get professional assistance so that you can get the care you need. If you are experiencing an emergency situation, please call 911. Health811 is another great place to get healthcare advice: 1-866-797-0007. The toll-free Mental Health Crisis Line is also available 24-hours a day: 1-866-996-0991.

Use Caution and Common Sense

Virtual discussion groups are a great way to connect with other people. However, keep in mind that people may not always be what they seem. Remember that you should not share personal identifying information online.

Remember that information posted on any social media site could live in cyberspace forever. Consider the implications of that before sharing any information.

Be Respectful

Discriminatory comments are not permitted. Discriminatory comments are those that refer to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political persuasion, body type, physical or mental health and/or access issues.

Comments of a discriminatory or libellous nature, or that create privacy concerns, will be removed. Repeated comments of a discriminatory or libellous nature may cause the author to be blocked from the SJGH Facebook page.

No Endorsements

No commercial advertising or solicitation of any kind.


Be respectful of the privacy of patients, families and staff by not using names when posting comments, or provide any identifying details. You are responsible if you post any private details about yourself or your family.

Authenticity of Content

Information you post about yourself must be true. Do not impersonate, falsely represent, or otherwise misrepresent yourself. If you post content, you must have the right to do so and must not violate any copyright laws.

Third Party Content

You acknowledge and agree that SJGHEL is not responsible for any content or comments posted on the site by a third party.

Age of Consent

You must be age of majority. If you are not, you must receive parental permission before participating.


Under no circumstances would SJGHEL, or its representatives, be liable for any damages arising from or related to use of SJGHEL’s social media activities. You agree to indemnify SJGHEL, and its representatives, and hold them harmless from any and all claims and expenses related to the use of SJGHEL’s social media activities. You acknowledge that you are personally liable for the content of your posts and the consequences thereof.