A notice of your rights and responsibilities is provided to you upon admission. The Board of Trustees and Administration of St. Joseph’s Hospital affirm that, as a patient receiving care at this facility, you have the right to:

 Refusal of Care

You may refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law and you will be informed of the medical results of that action. If you refuse a recommended treatment, you will be fully informed of potential outcomes. You will also receive other needed and available care, if you agree, and will be referred to other care options as needed.

Patient Information

Information about a patient’s stay and condition is confidential. We list in the patient directory only those patients who wish to be included. Only designated family members may speak to a member of the patient’s healthcare team for information regarding a patient’s condition and care.

Make Decisions About Your Care

St. Joseph’s Hospital is committed to providing you with the care you would want to receive. Among your rights as a resident is the right to make decisions  concerning your healthcare. You have the right to accept or refuse medical and/or surgical treatment.  To make these decisions, it is best to consider what is important to you and to discuss these decisions with your family, friends, and doctor.

Receive Reasonable & Necessary Medical Care

When able, the hospital must make a reasonable response to your request for care, regardless of race, religion, sex, color, national origin or ability to pay.

  • When medically advisable, you may be transferred to another facility. This will happen only after you have received complete information about the need for the transfer and other options.  You will be informed of risks, benefits and options.  You will not be transferred until the other facility agrees to accept you.
  • You have the right to request, accept or reject measures and treatment necessary to relieve pain and suffering in accordance with customary medical practice.
  • You have the right to information about your continuing healthcare needs in the form of discharge instructions.
  • You and your family have the right to be involved in your treatment and the plan of care.
  • You have the right to be informed of that plan of care.
  • You have the right to information about Advance Directives (living will and/or medical power of attorney). These documents may express your choices about medical care. These documents may also identify your choice of someone to be your decision-maker if you cannot make decisions for yourself.