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You will receive appropriate treatment and services regardless of sex or your cultural, economic, educational or religious background or the source of payment of your care. You will receive considerate, respectful care from qualified personnel who respect your personal values and belief system.

Privacy & Safety

Every consideration will be shown for your individual privacy during interviews and examinations. This includes the right to request that a person of your own sex be present during certain parts of your physical examination, procedure or treatment. Patients have the right to a "safe setting" and to be free of abuse or harassment. 

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Identity of Physicians & Staff

You will be told the name of the physician who has primary responsibility for coordinating your care and the names and professional relationship of the other physicians and staff who will provide care and treatment. You have the right to have your physician and a representative notified upon your admission to the hospital.

Confidentiality & Access to Medical Records

Information pertaining to your diagnosis, care and method of payment will be kept confidential and not be released to other parties without your consent. You have the right to access your medical records from the physician. Such information includes your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis communicated in language you can reasonably be expected to understand. In an emergency, if you should lack the capability to make decisions, the information will be made available to a legally authorized individual.  View privacy notice.

Healthcare Decision Making


You have the right to be given the information necessary to allow you to actively participate in developing and implementing your plan of care. You also have the right to request to change to another health facility for religious or other reasons.

Consult Another Physician

You have the right to use a specialist or to request an opinion from another physician.


You have the right to communicate with people outside the hospital by having personal visits and verbal or written communication. If you do not speak or understand the predominate language of the community, someone will be provided to interpret medical information.

Informed Consent

You will be given information about the medical procedures or treatments that require your consent including the potential risks and benefits, potential problems related to recuperation, the likelihood of success, the possible results of nontreatment and/or any significant alternatives. In some cases of medical emergency, consent to treat may be presumed.

Pain Management


You have the right to appropriate assessment and management of pain. As a patient, you can expect information about pain management and pain relief measures, health professionals committed to pain prevention who respond quickly to reports of pain, and state-of-the-art pain management.

Refusal of Treatment

You may refuse treatment to the extent permitted by the law. You will be informed of the medical consequences of refusing treatment or leaving the hospital against medical advice. Neither the hospital nor the physician(s) will be responsible for any harm that action may cause you or any other person.

Continuing Care

You have the right to expect reasonable continuity of care and to be informed by physicians and other caregivers of available and realistic options for care when hospital care is no longer appropriate.

Explanation of Hospital Charges

You have the right to be informed about hospital charges for services and available payment methods.

Explanation of Hospital Rules & Regulations


You will be informed of rules and regulations which apply to your conduct as a patient.


You may not be transferred to another facility or organization unless you or your representative have received an explanation concerning the need for a transfer, the risks, benefits and alternatives of such a transfer. The transfer will not be arranged unless it is acceptable to the receiving facility or organization.

Advance Directives

You have the right to have an advance directive (such as a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare) concerning treatment with the expectation that the hospital will honor the intent of that directive to the extent permitted by law and hospital policy. To view these documents and additional resources, visit our Advance Directives page.

Restraint for Acute Medical & Surgical Care

Patients have the right to be free from seclusion and restraints, of any form, imposed as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by the staff.

For More Information


You have the right to voice your questions and concerns about your stay or care. You may do this without fear that it will compromise your care or future access to our services. If you have questions or feel that your rights have been violated, we would ask that you make your concerns known through the following process:

  • You are encouraged to discuss any aspect of your treatment with your physician, nurse, therapist or counselor.

  • If you do not feel that your questions or concerns have been resolved, we encourage you to contact the unitsupervisor or manager.

  • If you would like to discuss your questions or concerns even further, we encourage you to contact the patient advocate, 715-717-1435, or the Hospital Administrator, 715-717-7200.

  • If you feel your concerns were not resolved by HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital to your satisfaction, you can file a complaint or grievance with an outside agency. You may contact: Bureau of Quality Assurance, 610 Gibson Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-836-4752 or the Joint Commission Office of Quality Monitoring,1-800-994-6610

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