Rights & Responsibilities
Every patient has rights and responsibilities. They apply to all patients, without regard to gender; sexual orientation; social, cultural, educational or religious background; language; age; ancestry; citizenship; color; national origin; race; medical condition; presence of mental or physical disability; marital status; or the source of payment for care.
All patients and their parents at Niswonger Children’s Hospital have the right to:
Information that is complete and easy to understand
Care and treatment that is considerate and respectful and that optimizes the patient’s comfort and dignity
Participation in decisions about treatment options, benefits, risks and alternatives,including appropriate pain management
Privacy and confidentiality in all matters
Consideration of personal beliefs and values
Responsiveness to requests, needs, concerns or complaints
Respect for advance healthcare directives and patient wishes regarding care
Be Our Partner
We encourage a partnership between you and your child’s healthcare team. We also encourage you or your designated representative to participate in discussions and decisions about your child’s care. It is our goal to help you understand all of the options, alternatives, risks and benefits
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 mandated significant changes in the regulations governing the provision of health benefits, delivery and payment of healthcare services, and security and confidentiality of patient health information.
You should have received a copy of the Patient Rights and Responsibilities brochure from the Admissions Department during the initial admissions process. If you need another copy of this brochure, you may ask your nurse to provide one to you.