Patient Rights

As a natural outgrowth of our basic beliefs and statement of mission, the physicians, administration, hospital staff and the volunteers at Good Samaritan jointly affirm and recognize the following rights and responsibilities of patients:

  1. You have the right to be informed of the patient rights in advance of furnishing or discontinuing patient care whenever possible.

  2. You have the right to file a grievance and to be informed of the process to review and resolve the grievance.

  3. You have the right to participate in the development and implementation of your plan of care.

  4. You or your representative have the right to make informed decisions regarding your care, including being informed of your health status, involved in care planning and treatment and being able to request or refuse treatment. This right must not be construed as a mechanism to demand the provision of treatment or services deemed medically unnecessary or inappropriate.

  5. You have the right to formulate advance directives and to have hospital staff and practitioners who provide care in the hospital comply with these directives.

  6. You have the right to have a family member or representative of your choice and your physician notified promptly of your admission to the hospital.

  7. You have the right to personal privacy.

  8. You have the right to receive care in a safe setting.

  9. You have the right to be free from all forms of abuse or harassment.

  10. You have the right to the confidentiality of your protected health information, and may obtain, in writing, a copy of the hospital's Notice of Privacy Practices.

  11. You have the right to access, request amendment to, and receive an accounting of disclosures regarding information contained in your clinical records within a reasonable time.

  12. You have the right to be free from restraints and seclusion of any form that are not medically necessary or are used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.

  13. You have the right to choose who may visit you during your inpatient stay, regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), or other type of visitor, as well as their right to withdraw such consent to visitation at any time.  Visitation privileges will not be denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Patient's Responsibilities

  1. You have the responsibility to provide accurate and complete information concerning your present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to your health.

  2. You have the responsibility to speak up if you feel your safety or the quality of your care is at risk.

  3. You are responsible for asking questions if you do not understand the course of your medical treatment or what is expected of you.

  4. You are responsible for following the treatment plan established by your physician, including the instructions of nurses and other health professionals as they carry out the physician's orders.

  5. You are responsible for expressing any concerns about your ability to follow the proposed treatment plan.

  6. You are responsible for your actions, and the outcomes of your care, should you refuse treatment or do not follow your physician's orders.

  7. You are responsible for assuring that your financial obligations of your hospital care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.

  8. You are responsible for following the hospital's rules and regulations.

  9. You are responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel.

  10. You are responsible for being respectful of your personal property and that of other persons in the hospital.