Patient 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 or instructions. If you believe you can't follow through with your treatment or your discharge instructions, you are responsible for telling your doctor. This hospital works to provide care efficiently and fairly to all patients and the community. 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 effects of lifestyle on your personal health.

As a patient in this hospital, your responsibilities include:

  1. You are responsible for being on time. If you are unable to keep an appointment, you are requested to call and cancel.
  2. You are responsible for informing the hospital if you have an advance directive, such as a living will, or a Medical Power-of-Attorney.
  3. You are responsible for the payment of your hospital bills, for providing the hospital with your insurance information, or for requesting assistance to arrange payment while you are in the hospital.
  4. You are responsible for being considerate of other patients and for seeing that your visitors are considerate as well.
  5. You are responsible for personal items left at the bedside. This includes, but is not limited to, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, or money.
  6. You must disclose to your physician and nurses all of the medications you are taking.
  7. You are not allowed to have in your possession any medication or drug without an approval stated in the physician's written order.
  8. You are not permitted to smoke anywhere in the hospital.
  9. You are expected to extend the courtesy of listening to staff members.
  10. If you choose to have another physician, it is your responsibility to obtain a new physician and to notify your current physician of your intention.
  11. You, your personal representative, and your family have the responsibility of cooperating with the physician in arranging for discharge.