Patient Rights & Responsibilities
We are partners in each patient’s healthcare. When a patient is well-informed, participates in treatment decisions, and communicates openly with his/her doctor and other health professionals, the most responsive and effective healthcare is possible. St. Joseph’s Hospital encourages respect for the personal preferences of each individual.
The patient has a right to considerate and respectful care, including consideration of psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural variables which influence their perception of illness.
The patient has the right to moral and spiritual help from the hospital’s Pastoral Care staff, or their personal clergy as available in their quest for health of mind and spirit.
The patient has the right, and is encouraged, to obtain from physicians and other direct caregivers relevant, current, and understandable information concerning diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Except in emergencies when the patient lacks decision-making capacity and the need for treatment is urgent, they are entitled to the opportunity to discuss and request information related to specific procedures and/or treatments with the related risks involved, possible length of recuperation, and reasonable alternatives including their accompanying risks and benefits.