Your Responsibilities

Compliance Instructions

You are responsible for following the treatment plan recommended by the physician or practitioner primarily responsible for your care. This may include following the instructions of nurses and allied health personnel as they carry out your coordinated plan of care, implement the responsible practitioner’s orders, and enforce the applicable hospital rules and regulations. Your plan of care may include restricting mail, telephone, visits, etc., after evaluation has been made of their effectiveness.

You are responsible for keeping appointments and for notifying the appropriate practitioner of the hospital if you are unable to do so for any reason.


Hospital Charges

You are responsible for assuring that the financial obligations of your healthcare are fulfilled as promptly as possible.


Hospital Rules and Regulations

You are responsible for following rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct.


Pain Management

You are responsible for informing caregivers of pain presence/status including effectiveness of pain management efforts.


Provision of Information

You are responsible for providing, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information concerning present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to your health.  You are responsible for reporting unexpected changes in your condition to the responsible practitioner and/or to the nursing staff. You are responsible for reporting whether or not you clearly comprehend the contemplated course of action and what is expected of you.


Respect and Consideration

You are responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel and for assisting in the control of noise, which may include the number of visitors in your room. You are responsible for being respectful of the property of other persons and of the hospital.


Be Involved

Your safety is important to us. Research shows that patients who take part in decisions about their healthcare are more likely to have better outcomes. To ensure your safety, you are urged to be involved in your care.

Let us know if you have questions or concerns, and if you still don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know.

Make Sure you’re getting the correct treatments and medications. Never assume anything.

Learn about your illness, Learn about the medical tests and your treatment plan.

Invite a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate (advisor or supporter).

Be Aware of which medications you take and why you take them. Medicine errors are among the most common healthcare mistakes.

Select a hospital, clinic, surgery center or other type of healthcare organization that has been researched and meets your needs.

Be Involved in all decisions surrounding your health. You are the center of the healthcare team. Call the Rapid Response Team at 944-3630 if you feel  you’re not receiving the attention needed to support your care or that of your loved one.