HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center provides health care based upon belief in the sanctity of human life and the dignity of each person. We are committed to providing you with useful information to assist you in making informed health care decisions.
Planning Your Care
Below is important information about your right to select your provider, Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders, and organ and tissue donation.
Patient Freedom of Choice of Health Care Providers
We respect the rights of every patient and recognize that you are an individual with unique health care needs. We will provide you with considerate, respectful care focused on your individual needs.
We support your right to make decisions regarding your medical care, including your right to select the provider of that medical care. Your choice of provider is expressly guaranteed by legal and ethical considerations. At HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, you are given the opportunity to exercise this right free from coercion or interference.
HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center has undergone rigorous onsite evaluations against established state-of-the-art quality and safety standards such as those provided by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center is committed to meeting its obligation in providing you with the information you need to make informed choices and in assisting you in implementing those choices.
In 1995, Wisconsin Act 200 created new language in Chapter 154 of the State Statutes establishing a system for issuance of Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders and DNR bracelets in certain circumstances. The act is summarized below.
DNR orders are written orders issued by physicians to direct emergency medical technicians, first responders, and emergency health care facilities personnel not to attempt CPR on a person for whom the order is issued if that person suffers cardiac or respiratory arrest. A person with a valid DNR order is identified by a standardized DNR bracelet. The bracelet is a specific State of Wisconsin Division of Health plastic bracelet.
The Act 200 DNR order can be issued only if:
- The patient is a qualified patient.
- The patient requests the order.
- The order is in writing and is signed by a physician.
- The physician does not know the patient to be pregnant.
Organ and Tissue Donation
To become an organ or tissue donor, visit DonateLife Wisconsin to register. You may also indicate your preference on an Advance Directive.
This decision is important, but it is the best way to pass the priceless gift of life along to someone in need. Many people have done it. Many families have felt comfort in knowing their loved one contributed so significantly to another’s life. It truly is the “gift of a lifetime.”
Make sure your family is aware of your decision to become an organ donor as family members must consent to the donation procedure. Because donation only occurs after death, a team of medical specialists will evaluate suitability for organ and tissue donations at that time.