Your Rights and Responsibilities

Each patient has the right to…

Receive a written statement of his/her rights as a patient
Access medical care
Spiritual and emotional care
Compassionate respectful care
Participate in his/her health care decisions
Consent to or refuse treatment
Consent to or refuse to participate in research or educational projects
Formulate an Advance Directive or Living Will/Health Care Power of Attorney
Confidentiality, privacy and security
Know the identity and professional status of his/her caregivers
Receive truthful information regarding his/her illness along with knowledge of the benefits and risks of each alternative treatment
Request an itemized bill
Contact the patient representative regarding concerns about care

Patients are responsible for…

Reporting complete and accurate information of matters relating to their health
Providing documentation of Advance Directives or Living Will/Health Care Power of Attorney, if they have formulated one or both
Reporting whether they understand the proposed treatment and what is expected of them
The consequences of their actions if they refuse treatment or do not follow instructions
Following instructions of agreed upon treatment plans
Keeping appointments or notifying the health care provider when unable to do so
Assuring that financial obligations for their health care are fulfilled
Following hospital rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct
Being considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel
Being respectful of the property of other persons and of the hospital

Patients are responsible for their safety by…

Getting out of bed unless health care providers have indicated that it is safe to do so
Taking any medications they brought with them to the hospital unless instructed to do so by a member of their health care team
Leaving the nursing unit without informing their nurse of their destination
Taking off their hospital identification bracelet
Using personal electrical appliances that plug into a wall socket in hospital rooms