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We are working to have the website conform to the relevant standards of the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board, as
well as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These standards and guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. We believe that conformance with these standards and
guidelines will help make the website more user friendly for all people.
Our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.
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When your child becomes our patient, you become a partner in their healthcare plan. As our partner, you have certain rights and responsibilities. We respect your rights, and we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to communicate your wishes openly and effectively.
This section provides a full explanation of your rights on the following:
(F.S. 381.026) requires that your health care provider or health care facility recognize your rights while you are receiving medical care and that you respect the health care provider or health care facility’s right to expect certain behavior on the part of patients. You may request a copy of the full text of this law from your health care provider or health care facility. A summary of your rights and responsibilities follows:
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
Be treated with courtesy and respect, with appreciation of your individual dignity and with protection of your need for privacy
Prompt and reasonable response to questions and requests
Know the identity and professional status of the individuals providing your medical services and care
Know what patient support services are available, including whether an interpreter is available if you do not speak English or experience hearing difficulties
Know what rules and regulations apply to your conduct as a patient
Care that includes consideration of the psychosocial, spiritual and cultural variable that may influence your illness
Be provided with information about advance directives, living wills, or durable powers of attorney for health care decision making as well as other health care decision making options
Be given information by your health care provider about diagnosis, planned course of treatment, alternatives, risks, benefits and prognosis to enable you to make treatment decisions
Accept or refuse medical care or treatment, except as otherwise provided by law
To be informed of the medical consequences of such refusal; if you refuse the hospital may end its relationship with you after reasonable notice
Be given, upon request, full in formation and necessary counseling on the availability of known financial resources for your care
Know, upon request, and in advance of treatment, whether or not your health care provider or health care facility accepts Medicare assignment and the Medicare rate if you are eligible for Medicare
Receive, upon request, and prior to treatment, an estimate of charges of medical care. Such estimates shall not preclude the health care or health care facility from exceeding the estimate or assessing additional charges based upon changes in your condition or additional services that may be needed or necessary
Receive a copy of a reasonably clear and understandable itemized bill and, upon request, to have charges explained
Impartial access to medical treatment or accommodations regardless of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental impairment or source of payment
Treatment for any emergency medical condition that will deteriorate from failure to provide treatment
Know if medical treatment is for purposes of experimental research and to give your consent or refusal to participate in such experimental research
Express grievances regarding any violation of your rights, as stated in Florida law, through the grievance procedure of your health care provider or healthcare facility which served you and to the appropriate state licensing agency
Contact Guest Management if you wish to express a concern/ grievance or should you have any questions about how to file a complaint to management. Your right to register a complaint will not result in any type of retribution now or in the future
Appropriate assessment and management of pain
Expect reasonable safety with regard to Tenet Healthcare practices and its environment
Report or any accurse or suspected abuse or neglect to administration and expect to receive a quick and reasonable response
An organizational system for the consideration of ethical issues concerning your care and to be included in the ethical decisions regarding your care
Children and adolescents may not be at a developmental stage to make appropriate decisions regarding their medical care. Therefore, in addition to the rights set forth above, the child has the right to:
Set aside time each day to play based on their medical condition and developmental stage
A room and playroom as their “safe, non-threatening” environment
Take a favorite toy with them to any treatment or procedure
Visits by brothers, sisters and friends during certain times of the day and have a parent or guardian with them at all times
An age-appropriate level of explanation for procedures and treatments done by staff
Have procedures and treatments explained to their parents/guardians prior to provision of those procedures and treatments
Access to educational services when treatment necessitates a significant absence from school
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:
Providing your health care provider, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters relating to your health
Reporting unexpected changes in your health conditions to your health care provider
Reporting to your health care provider, whether or not you understand a possible planned course of action and what is expected of you
Gaining an understanding of your illness, recommended treatments and for cooperating with your treatment plan as recommended by your health care provider
Keeping appointments and, when you are unable to do so for any reason, notifying your health care provider of health care facility
Your actions and the resultant consequences if you refuse treatment or do not follow your health provider’s instructions
Assuring that your financial obligations of your health care are fulfilled as
promptly as possible
Helping to facilitate the safe delivery of care by reporting any perceived risks in your care
Following health care facility rules and regulations pertaining to patient care and conduct designed for your safety and the consideration of others
PATIENT VISITATION RIGHTS
Each patient (or his/her Support Person) will be informed in writing of their visitation rights including:
Patient’s right to receive the visitors whom he/she designates, including, but not limited to, a spouse, domestic partner (including same sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend
Patient’s right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time
Justified Clinical Restrictions which may be imposed on a patient’s visitation rights
All visitors designated by the patient (or Support Person when appropriate) shall enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences. St. Mary’s Medical Center does not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
JUSTIFIED CLINICAL RESTRICTIONS
Means any clinically necessary or reasonable restriction or limitation imposed by the Hospital on a patient’s visitation rights which restriction or limitation is necessary to provide safe care to patients. A Justified Clinical Restriction may include, but need not be limited to one or more of the following:
A court order limiting or restraining contact; Behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to the patient, hospital staff or others in the immediate environment; Behavior disruptive to the functioning of the patient care unit; Reasonable limitations on the number of visitors at any one time; Patient’s risk of infection by the visitor; Visitor’s risk of infection by the patient; Extraordinary protections because of a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak; Substance abuse treatment protocols requiring restricted visitation; Patient’s need for privacy or rest; Need for privacy or rest by another individual in the patient’s shared room or when patient is undergoing a clinical intervention or procedure and the treating health care provider believes it is in the patient’s best interest to limit visitation during the clinical intervention or procedure.
The Guest Relations Department is responsible for pursuing and or referring any questions, concerns, complaints or grievances you may have about your rights or the quality or care and services provided by St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. You may contact the Guest Relations staff directly at ext. 24646, or ask any staff member to contact them on your behalf. If this is an emergency, please call the hospital operator (dial 0) and ask them to page the Nursing Supervisor. We will gladly address any issues or concerns you may have about your or your child’s care.
Should you have any questions or complaints regarding the quality of care offered by your health care providers or health care facility, you may contact the following:
Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Consumer Assistance Unit 2727 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308 http://ahca.myflorida.com Toll Free: 1-888-419-3456