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Star Valley Medical Center Patient Non-Discrimination Policy

 

Star Valley Medical Center shall operate in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against people on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation (including gender identity and expression), marital status, disability, veteran status, citizenship, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

Star Valley Medical Center prohibits retaliation against any person because he or she opposed or complained about discrimination in good faith, assisted in good faith in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, or participated in a discrimination charge or other proceeding under federal, state, or local antidiscrimination law.

Your Rights as a Patient at Star Valley Medical Center

We consider you a partner in your hospital care. When you are well-informed, participate in treatment decisions, and communicate openly with your doctors and other health professionals, you help make your care as effective as possible. This hospital encourages respect for the personal preferences and value of each individual.

While you are a patient in the hospital, your rights include the following:

1.     You have the right to considerate and respectful care.

2.     You have the right to be well-infomred about your illness, possible treatments, and likely outcome and to discuss this information with your doctor. You have the right to know the names and roles of people treating you.

3.     You have the right to consent to or refuse a treatment, as permitted by law, throughout your hospital stay. If you refuse a recommended treatment, you will recieve other needed and available care.

4.     You have the right to have an advance directive, such as a living will or health care proxy. These documents express your choices about your future care or name someone to decide if you cannot speak for yourself. If you have a written advance directive, you should provide a copy to the hospital, your family, and your doctor.

5.     You have the right to privacy. The hospital, your doctor, and others caring for you will protect your privacy as much as possible.

6.     You have the right to expect that treatment records are confidential, unless you have given written permission to release information or reporting is required or permitted by law. When the hospital releases records to others, such as insurers, it emphasizes that the records are confidential.

7.     You have the right to review your medical records and to have the information explained, except when restricted by law.

8.     You have the right to expect that the hospital will give you necessary health services to the best of its' ability. Treatment, referral, or transfer may be recommended or requested, you will be informed of risks, benefits, and alternatives. You will not be transferred until you agree and the other institution agrees to accept you.

9.     You have the right to know if this hospital has relationships with outside paties tha tmay influence your treatment and care. These relationshis may be with educational institutions, other health care providers, or insurers.

10.     You have the right to consent or decline to take part in research affecting your care. If you choose not to take part, you will receive the most effective care the hospital otherwise provides.

11.     You have the right to be told of realistic care alternatives when hospital care is no longer appropriate.

12.     You have the right to know about hospital rules that affect you and your treatment and about charges and payment methods. You have the right to know about hospital resources, such as patient representatives or ethics committees, that can help you resolve problems and questions about your hospital stay and care.

You have responsibilities as a patient. You are responsible for providing information about your health, including past illnesses, hospital stays, and use of medicine. You are responsible for asking questions when you do not understand information or instructions. If you believe you cannot  follow through with your treatment, you are responsible for telling your doctor.

This hospital works to provide care efficiently and fairly to all patients and the community. You and your visitors are responsible  for being considerate of the need of other patients, staff, and the hospital. You are responsible for providing information for insurance and for working with the hospital to arrange payment.

Your health depends not just on your hospital care but, in the long term, on the decisions you make in your daily life. You are responsible for recognizing the effect of lifestyle on your personal health.

A hospital serves many purposes. Hospitals work to improve people's health; treat people with injury and disease; educate doctors, health professionals, patients, and community members; and improve understanding of health and disease. In carrying out these activities, this instiuution works to respect your values and dignity.