Patient Rights and Responsibilities
We consider you a partner in your hospital care. When you are well-informed,
participate in treatment decisions, and communicate openly with your doctor
and other health professionals, you help make your care as effective as
possible. The hospital encourages respect for the personal preferences
and values of each individual, regardless of age, race, sex, creed, language,
national origin, or source of payment.
You have the right to considerate and respectful care.
You have the right to, and are encouraged to, obtain relevant, current,
and understandable information concerning your diagnosis, treatment, and
prognosis from doctors and other direct caregivers.
You have the right to consent to or refuse a treatment, as permitted by
law, throughout your hospital stay. If you refuse a recommended treatment,
you will be informed of the medical consequences of this action and receive
other needed and available care.
You have the right to be informed about unanticipated outcomes of care.
The responsible, licensed independent practitioner or his or her designees
should clearly explain the outcome of any treatments that differ significantly
from the anticipated outcomes.
You have the right to have an advanced directive, such as a living will
or healthcare proxy. These documents express your choices about your future
care or name someone to decide if you cannot speak for yourself. If you
have a written advance directive, you should provide a copy to the hospital,
your family, and your doctor.
You have the right to expect that treatment records are confidential unless
you have given permission to release information or reporting is required
or permitted by law.
You have the right to expect that the hospital will give you necessary
health services to the best of its ability. Treatment, referral, or transfer
may be recommended. If a transfer is recommended or requested, you will
be informed of the risks, benefits, and alternatives. You will not be
transferred until the other institution agrees to accept you.
You have the right to know if this hospital has relationships with outside
parties that may influence your treatment and care. These relationships
may be with educational institutions, other healthcare providers, or insurers.
You have the right to consent or decline to take part in research affecting
your care. If you choose not to take part, you will receive the most effective
care the hospital otherwise provides.
You have the right to be told of realistic care alternatives when hospital
care is no longer appropriate.
You have the right to know about hospital rules that affect you and your
treatment and about charges and payment methods. You have the right to
know about hospital resources, such as patient representatives or ethics
committee, which can help you resolve problems and questions about your
hospital stay and care.
You have the right to request a consultation with the hospital Ethics Committee
by contacting the Ethics Committee chairperson or their designee. The
purpose of the Ethics Committee is to educate, consider, advise, and assist
in resolving only the most difficult ethical issues that have failed to
be resolved elsewhere.
You have the right to receive care in the least restrictive environment
that is appropriate for your treatment plan. You will not be restrained
or placed in seclusion unless it is determined that such restrictions
are necessary to protect you or others from harm.
Every patient shall be allowed to designate who may be permitted to visit
during the hospital stay in accordance with the hospital's policy.
As a patient, you also have responsibilities. You are responsible for providing
information about your health, including past illnesses, hospital stays,
and use of medicine.
You are responsible for asking questions when you do not understand information
If you believe you cannot follow through with your treatment, you are responsible
for telling your doctor.
Roosevelt General Hospital works to provide care efficiently and fairly
to all patients and the region. You and your visitors are responsible
for being considerate of the needs of other patients, staff, and the hospital.
You are responsible for providing information for insurance and for working
with the hospital to arrange payment, when needed.
Your health depends not just on your hospital care, but in the long term,
on the decisions you make in your daily life. You are responsible for
recognizing the effect of lifestyle on your personal health.
You are responsible for telling your nurse, therapist, or doctor when you
are having pain. Ask your doctor or nurse what to expect concerning pain
and discuss pain relief options with them. We want you to work with us
to develop a pain relief plan. Report your pain when it first begins and
report pain that is unrelieved by pain relief measures already tried.
A hospital serves many purposes. Hospitals work to improve people's
health; treat people with injury and disease; educate health professionals,
patients, and community members; and improve understanding of health and
disease. In carrying out these activities, this institution works to respect
your values and dignity.