​Patient Rights

As our patient, you have the right ...

... to considerate and respectful care 
... to reasonable access to care 
... to receive information about your illness, course of treatment, and prospects for recovery in terms that are easily understood 
... to participate in resolving ethical questions about your care ... to receive information in order to give informed consent
... to designate a decision maker if you are unable to communicate 
... to refuse even life-sustaining treatment 
... to actively participate in your care 
... to file a complaint and not have your care impacted 
... to an interpreter, if needed 
... to have your pain assessed and managed 
... to direct your care through the use of an advance directive even if you are unable to communicate 
... to have a copy of your rights as a patient 
... to pastoral and spiritual care, if desired 
... to be informed of outcomes of your care, including unanticipated outcomes 
... to access protective services 
... to confidentiality 
... to have palliative care discussed if you desire no further treatment
... to leave the hospital even against the advice of your physician 
... to be notified of any experimental programs and to decline to participate 
... to receive instructions for care after discharge 
... to receive an explanation of your bill 
... to know the rules and policies that apply to you as a patient 
... to know when visitors, mail, telephone calls, or other communication is restricted and why 
... to have family members participate in your care if desired 
... to know the name of the physician who is primarily responsible for coordinating your care 
... to receive a medical screening examination BEFORE anyone asks how you will pay if you are presented to the hospital for emergency care