The care you receive as a patient depends, in part, on your participation as a partner in the healthcare process. Therefore, in addition to your rights as a patient, you have certain responsibilities as well. As your healthcare providers, we believe that you, as our patient, and/or your family have the responsibility to help promote the safe delivery of care. These responsibilities include at least the following:
- Providing information. The patient and family are responsible for providing accurate and complete information. This information includes present complaints; past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, previous surgeries, allergies, noticed risks in care, unforeseen changes in patient’s condition and other matters relating to the patient’s health.
- Asking questions. The patient and family are responsible for asking questions when they do not understand what they have been told about their care.
- Following instructions. The patient and family are responsible for following the care, service, or treatment plan developed. They should express any concerns they have about their ability to follow and comply with the proposed plan or course of treatment.
- Accepting results. The patient and family are responsible for the outcomes if they do not follow the care, service or treatment plan.
- Following Medical Center rules and regulations. The patient and family are responsible for following the Medical Center’s rules and regulations concerning patient care and conduct.
- Showing respect and thoughtfulness. Patients and families are responsible for being thoughtful of the Medical Center’s personnel and property.
- Meeting financial commitments. The patient and family are responsible for promptly meeting any financial commitment agreed to with the Medical Center.
In addition, the patient and family are responsible for being considerate of other patients, helping control noise and disturbances, following the tobacco-free policies, and respecting others’ property.