To recognize the rights and responsibilities of patients, which include neonate, child, adolescent and adults, including incapacitated adults, and to assist each patient in the exercise of his/her rights.
St.Vincent Mercy Hospital provides care consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services and the philosophy and core values of Ascension Health. Supportive of these guidelines and principles, we offer to each patient a statement of their Rights and Responsibilities as a patient.
Your rights are to:
Physicians and the hospital staff recognize that for your healthcare to be effective, the patient, parents/guardian and healthcare team must work together for a common goal.
You will be expected, within the limits of your abilities, to assume a share of the responsibility of your healthcare.
Your responsibilities are to:
The above rights and responsibilities also apply to the guardian and/or parent of children and neonates, and incapacitated adults.
When issues related to the removal of life support systems arise for incapacitated adult, neonate, child or adolescent, the family and/or guardian must be informed of the availability of the Ethics Committee on a consultation basis to assist them in discussing their situation prior to making a decision. Any individual may contact the Ethics Committee by referring their concern to their supervisor, any physician, or the case manager, who will notify the Director of Nursing and the Administrator, who will determine the next course of action to deal with the concern.