University of South Alabama

 At USA Medical Center we consider you a partner in your hospital care. We encourage respect for the personal preferences and values of each individual, and hereby adopt this Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

You Have The Right To:

  1. Be treated with respect and kindness.
  2. Appropriate and safe treatment for your health condition no matter what your race, age, creed, gender, national origin, or source of payment for your care.
  3. Be told about your medical condition, treatment, and outlook in terms that you can understand.
  4. Make choices about your own care, including the right to request or refuse treatment as allowed by law.
  5. Receive as much information as you need about proposed treatments or procedures that will allow you to provide informed consent or to refuse treatment.  This includes procedure or treatment descriptions, medically significant risks, alternate courses of treatment, non-treatment and their risks.
  6. Prompt notice of a family member/support person and your physician of your admission to the hospital.
  7. Designate a “Support Person” to exercise visitation rights on your behalf.  You, or the support person, have the right to receive or deny visitors of your choice and may withdraw consent at any time.  Visitors are not restricted or denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.  The hospital can apply reasonable clinical/other restrictions and limitations on patient visitation.
  8. Make an advance directive, including a living will and/or a power of attorney for health care. The hospital will ask you about this when you are admitted. You also have the right for your caregivers to follow your advance directive.
  9. Privacy of your medical records and details about your care.
  10. Look at your medical records.
  11. Personal privacy.
  12. Safety while in the hospital and facts about the use of safety items.
  13. Freedom from the use of restraints unless needed to treat your medical condition.
  14. Be free from all forms of abuse.
  15. Be told of business ties between the hospital and your other caregivers.
  16. Know that the hospital will give you the best care it can. You may be asked to move to another hospital or place of treatment. If so, you will be told your choices and what could happen with those choices.
  17. Say yes or no to being a part of research.
  18. Be told about how to continue your care upon your discharge from the hospital.
  19. Be told of the hospital’s rules.
  20. Receive a copy of your bill as permitted by law.
  21. Services of an interpreter, at no cost to you, if you have limited English skills or are hearing impaired.
  22. Appropriate assessment and treatment of pain.
  23. Emotional and physical care that supports families and children. This includes care that supports the need of children to grow, play and learn.
  24. Voice a complaint. At USA Medical Center, call the Patient Relations Coordinator at (251) 471-7127. The Alabama Department of Public Health at 1-800-356-9596 may be contacted at:

 Division of Health Care Facilities
201 Monroe Street, Suite 600
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

ATTN:
Complaint Unit

The Joint Commission may be contacted at 1-800-994-6610 or complaint@jointcommission.org.  All complaints are anonymous, and there is no punitive action for those making complaints.

 

You Are Responsible For:

  1. Letting the hospital know about any medicines you are taking at home, your medical history and your present medical problems.  You should tell your doctors or nurses about any changes to your medical problems while you are in the hospital.
  2. Giving the hospital a copy of your advance directive, if you have one.
  3. Asking questions when you or your family do not understand what you have been told about your medical condition, your treatment, or what you should do to care for yourself.
  4. Knowing and following hospital rules as outlined in the Patient Information Guide.
  5. Following instructions, including your plan of care as developed by you and your health care team. Your plan of care includes the effect of lifestyle on your health. You are also responsible for accepting the consequences of not getting treatment or not following the instructions of your care givers.
  6. Showing respect for other patients and the hospital staff. This includes treating hospital property with respect.
  7. Paying your hospital bill. This includes giving the hospital correct information about your insurance or the way you will pay your bill.
  8. Letting the hospital know of any suggestions you may have for improving the safety of care rendered to patients.

These rights and responsibilities can and should be exercised on the patient’s behalf by a parent, guardian, designated surrogate, or proxy decision-maker if the patient lacks decision-making capacity, is legally incompetent, or is a minor.

 

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