Patient Rights

We respect and support your rights as a patient, recognizing that you are an individual with unique health care needs. Out of consideration for your personal dignity, we provide respectful care focused on your distinctive needs.

 Adult Patient Rights: 

Patients have certain rights and responsibilities. This organization believes that if patients understand those rights and responsibilities, then they can contribute to the effectiveness of their treatment and to the quality of their care. The following list of Patient Rights and Responsibilities reflects our concern and commitment to our patients. 

The patient (or patient representative, as appropriate) has a right to:

  1. Impartial, reasonable access to medically indicated treatment and care regardless of age, race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, marital status, disability, or source of payment for care.
  2. Care that respects the patient’s psychosocial, spiritual, and cultural values and expressions of belief and practice as long as these do not harm others or interfere with the course of treatment to which he or she has agreed. 
  3. Communication and interpretation support, including access to translation services and services to address vision, speech, hearing, language, and cognitive impairment. 
  4. Accept or refuse visitors. Hospital policy says visitors may be limited if required for the patient’s health or safety, or the safety of other patients or staff. (This is not in current policy, but is part of our visitation policy). 
  5. Access to guardianship, patient advocacy, and child/adult protective services. 
  6. Appropriate assessment and management of pain, a quick response to reports of pain, and a concerned staff committed to pain prevention and management. 
  7. Be cared for by staff that is educated about patient rights and their role in supporting these rights.
  8. Have a family member or representative of his/her choice and his/her personal physician notified promptly of the patient’s admission to the Hospital. 
  9. Use clothing and other personal items. You may bring in your own clothing and other personal items as long as they are safe and not offensive to others. You will have use of a telephone and will receive mail. Phone contact, mail, and visitors may be limited at times because of your medical condition. If there are questions about these, please talk to the nurse. 

Respect and Dignity: The patient has the right to:

  1. Concern for comfort and dignity in all aspects of care during the final stages of life.
  2. Pastoral counseling and other spiritual services. 
  3. Personal privacy. 
  4. Know the names and roles of people treating them. 
  5. Be free from seclusion, physical restraints, and drugs used as a restraint that are not medically necessary to protect you or the staff from harm. 
  6. Be free from all forms of abuse, neglect, or harassment. 
  7. Be free from restraints of any form used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation by staff. 

Privacy and Confidentiality: The patient has the right to:

  1. To receive upon admission/registration an initial copy of the Hospital’s Notices of Privacy Practices. A patient can also request a copy at any time. 
  2. All medical records and plans for your care are kept confidential. We may use and share your information as we: 
    1. Treat you. 
    2. Run our organization. 
    3. Bill for your services. 
    4. Help with public health and safety issues. 
    5. Do research. 
    6. Comply with the law. 
    7. Respond to organ and tissue donation requests. 
    8. Work with a medical examiner or funeral director. 
    9. Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests. 
    10. Respond to lawsuits and legal actions. 
  3. Access to information contained in the patient’s medical records as promptly as possible.

Medical Information and Consent: The patient has the right to:

  1. Refuse care and receive information on possible consequences of this refusal. 
  2. Consent or refuse to participate in treatment that is considered experimental (investigational study or clinical trial) in nature, and to have a description of potential discomforts and risks fully explained prior to consent. Refusal to participate in investigational study or clinical trial does not compromise patient’s right to access the Hospital’s services. 
  3. Information about the outcome of care, including unanticipated outcomes. 

Medical Treatment Decisions: The patient has the right to:

  1. Expect the Hospital to respond to the patient’s requests for service within its capacity, and to provide evaluation, service, or referral based on the urgency of the patient’s care needs. 
  2. Make informed decisions regarding his or her care. This right includes the patient’s right to be informed of his/her health status, be involved in care planning and treatment, and be able to request or refuse treatment as permitted by law. This right must not be construed as a mechanism to demand treatment or services deemed medically unnecessary or inappropriate. 
  3. Formulate advance directives (such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care) concerning treatment or designate an appropriate alternate decision maker with the expectation that the parties involved in the medical care will comply with these directives to the extent permitted by law. The Hospital will assist with the preparation of Living Wills only.
  4. Specify wishes regarding organ and tissue donation. 
  5. Participate in consideration of ethical issues involving patient’s care including conflict resolution, foregoing, or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, and participation in investigational studies or clinical trials. Patients may request the Ethics Committee be convened to discuss and address ethical issues involving his/her care. Patients may request a copy of the Hospital’s Code of Ethical Behavior and Resolution Policy. 
  6. Be informed of the identity and professional status of individuals authorizing and performing procedures or treatments, any professional relationship to another health care provider or institution that might suggest a conflict of interest; the relationship to educational institutions involved in your care; and any business relationship between individuals treating you or between the organization and other health care service or educational institutions involved in your care. 
  7. Obtain information from physicians and other direct caregivers in understandable terms concerning diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and plans for discharge and follow-up care, including restrictions, if any.
  8. Leave the hospital, even against advice of physicians.

Personal Safety: The patient has the right to:

  1. Access to security and protective services, if necessary. 
  2. Receive care in a setting that follows current standards of practice for environmental safety including infection control, emotional health, and physical security.

Filing Complaints: The patient has the right to:

  1. Prompt resolution of complaint/grievances without threat of discharge, compromise of care or future access to care. Patient may discuss complaints with his/her attending physician, Patient Representative, the unit Charge Nurse, House Supervisor, or Department Director. No complaint/grievance will be ignored. A formal investigation of the complaint/grievance will be conducted. If the complaint is found to be justified, appropriate action will be taken to correct the situation. You will receive notice of the action taken to address your concerns. In addition, the facility also has established policies and procedures to report any allegation of abuse or neglect to the proper state agencies assigned to deal with such incidents.
  2. You may also contact these agencies to file a complaint/grievance:
Licensure & Regulations:  Phone Number: (606) 330-2030 
Adult & Child Protective Services:  Phone Number: (859) 245-5258 
State Long-Term Ombudsman:  Phone Number: (800) 372-2991 
The Joint Commission:  Phone Number: (800) 994-6610 

Financial Information: The patient has the right to:

  1. Examine and receive an explanation of bill for care, regardless of the source of payment.

Pediatric, Adolescent, Newborn Patient Rights:

In addition to the rights of adult patients, unemancipated minors, with their parents/guardians, shall have a right to:

  1. Respect for:
    a) Each child as a unique individual.
    b) The caretaking role and individual responsibility of the parent.
  2. A course of treatment and care that incorporates the normal physical and physiological needs of a growing child including:
    a) Nutrition, rest, and freedom to move and explore.
    b) Play, educational and social activities essential to all children and adolescents.
    c) Reassuring presence of a caring person, especially a parent.
    d) Freedom to express feelings or fears with appropriate reactions.
    e) As much control as feasible over both self and situation.
    f) Opportunities to work through experiences before and after they occur, verbally, in play or in other appropriate ways.
    g) Recognition and reward for coping well during difficult situations.
  3. Consistent, supportive, and nurturing care which:
    a) Meets the emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of the child.
    b) Fosters open communication.
    c) Encourages human relationships.
  4. Information about what to expect prior to, during and following procedure/experience, and support in coping with it in age appropriate language.
  5. Participation of child/family in decisions affecting the child’s medical treatment.

The Patient/Patient Representative has the Following Responsibilities:


  1. Request information and ask questions about specific problems when they arise.
  2. Provide accurate and complete medical information to physicians and other caregivers.
  3. Promote your own safety by becoming an active, involved, and informed member of your health care team.
  4. Follow the treatment plan recommended by physicians and other caregivers, or if treatment is refused or not followed, accept responsibility for the medical consequences.
  5. Discuss pain management options with physicians and other caregivers.
  6. Be informed about which medications you are taking and why are you are taking them.
  7. Be, and ensure all visitors are, aware and considerate of the rights of all Hospital personnel and other patients.
  8. Remind caregivers to wash their hands before taking care of you.
  9. Notify the caregiver of the patient/child’s name or nickname to which they best respond.
  10. Be, and ensure all visitors are, aware of and respect laws, Hospital policies, including the Hospital’s Tobacco-Free policy, and Hospital’s property and the property of other patients.
  11. Provide necessary information to ensure processing of organization bills and make payment arrangements when necessary.
  12. Provide the hospital with a copy of written advanced directives if available.
  13. Review, obtain, request, and receive a detailed explanation of your hospital charges and bills.
  14. Receive information and counseling on ways to help pay for the hospital bill.
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