The following basic patient rights are recognized by North Oaks. For the
purposes of this information, “You” means the patient, and
if the patient is not capable of understanding, or if the patient allows
otherwise, the patient’s legally authorized or designated representative.
Access to Care
You shall receive impartial access to treatment and/or accommodations that
are available and medically indicated, regardless of race, sex, sexual
preference, national origin, age, religion, disability or diagnosis. No
patient will be denied emergency or stabilization treatment based on sources
Respect, Dignity and Comfort
You have the right to considerate, respectful care at all times and under
all circumstances, with recognition of your personal dignity and comfort
and cultural, psychosocial, spiritual, and personal values, beliefs and
preferences. You have the right to be protected from mental, physical,
sexual and verbal abuse, neglect, harassment or exploitation.
Privacy and Confidentiality
You have rights to personal and informational privacy, as described below:
- To have your personal privacy protected during personal hygiene activities,
treatments and when requested as appropriate. (Your right to privacy may
be limited in situations that require continuous observation.)
- To refuse to talk with or see anyone not officially connected with North
Oaks, including visitors, or persons that are officially connected with
North Oaks, but not involved in your care.
- To wear appropriate personal clothing and religious or other symbolic items,
as long as they do not interfere with diagnostic procedures or treatments.
- To be interviewed and examined in surroundings where others who are not
involved in your care cannot see or hear. This includes the right to have
a person of one’s own sex present during certain parts of a physical
examination, treatment or procedure performed by a health care professional
of the opposite sex; and the right not to remain disrobed any longer than
is required for the medical purpose for which you were asked to disrobe.
- To expect that any discussions involving your care will be conducted away
from others and that people not involved in your care will not be present
without your permission.
- To expect that access to all personal health information, including your
medical record, is limited to those individuals designated by law, regulatory
policy or authorized as having a “need to know.” Other access
will be granted by your authorization. We will make all reasonable efforts
to limit use and release of personal health information to the minimum
necessary to provide effective care and services.
- To expect all communications and other records about your care, including
the source of payment for treatment, to be treated as confidential.
- To request a transfer to another room if another patient or visitors in
that room are unreasonably disturbing you, or to be placed in protective
privacy when considered necessary for personal safety.
Safety and Security
You have the right to a reasonable expectation of safety with regard to
our practices and your environment. It is strongly recommended that all
valuables be sent home and not kept at North Oaks; however, you have the
right to safe storage of valuables that you request be placed in the North
You have a right to a tobacco-free environment.
You have the right to access protective services. Your care manager can
assist you with this need. As a patient, you are a vital, contributing
member of your patient safety team – made up of the many individuals
involved in your care. As a member of that team, you have a right to receive
care according to the many policies and procedures that have been developed
to foster a culture of safety for each patient. Further, as a member of
your patient safety team, you have a right to disclosure of information
regarding outcomes of your care as they relate to the plan of care directed
by your physician.
You have the right to freedom from restraints used in the provision of
care unless deemed clinically justified after comprehensive individual
Your reports of pain will be acknowledged and responded to in a timely
manner. Actions taken will be monitored for effectiveness. You have a
right to participate in care decisions regarding your pain management.
Identification of Caregivers
You have a right to know the identity and professional status of people
providing services to you, and to know which doctor or other practitioner
is primarily responsible for your care. This includes your right to know
of any professional relationship among people who are treating you, as
well as any relationship to other health care or educational institutions
involved in your care. Participation by patients in clinical training
programs or in the gathering of data for research purposes is voluntary.
You have the right to receive, from the practitioner responsible for your
care, complete and current information concerning your diagnosis (to the
degree known), treatment, any known prognosis, and anticipated or unanticipated
outcomes. You have the right to be involved in your care planning and
treatment. Medical information should be communicated in terms you can
understand. When it is not medically advisable to give such information
to you, the information will be made available to a legally authorized
You have a right to inspect, make copies of and request changes to your
medical record. Access to medical records will be granted within a reasonable
timeframe. Very limited legal restrictions apply to personal access to
You have the right to have your doctor and a family member or representative
of your choice notified promptly of your admission to the hospital. If
you are incapacitated, North Oaks will promptly make reasonable attempts
to identify and notify a family member and your doctor of your admission.
You have the right to mail access and telephone services.
You have the right to interpreters and translators, as necessary. North
Oaks provides interpreters or translators for patients who do not speak
or understand the predominant language of the community, and for speech
and/or hearing-impaired patients.
You have the right to agree to receive the visitors whom you designate,
including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including
a same-sex domestic partner), another family member or a friend. You have
the right to withdraw or deny permission for an individual to visit at
any time. Any restrictions due to your medical condition will be explained
to you and implemented as a joint provider-patient decision, when possible.
Visitation restrictions also may be necessary due to room accommodations
and/or the nature of care provided. North Oaks Health System will also
accommodate the wishes of outpatients to have a support person present
during their visit, when possible.
You have the right to pastoral and other spiritual services. If you wish
to be visited by a member of the clergy, notify your nurse.
Participation in Ethical Issues
You have the right to participate in the investigation of ethical questions
which may arise during the course of your care. This includes issues of
conflict resolution, withholding of resuscitative services, forgoing or
withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and other end-of-life decisions.
You have the right to be reasonably informed and to participate in decisions
involving your health care, including, but not limited to, information
on the formulation of a living will and information on decisions regarding
durable health care power-of-attorney. When you provide us with a copy
of your advance directive, you have the right to expect North Oaks to
comply with your wishes.
One additional type of advance directive is a psychiatric advance directive.
This is a legal document stating your choices for mental health care when
you are in crisis. This type of advance directive might be prepared by
an individual who is concerned that at some time he or she may be subject
to involuntary psychiatric commitment or treatment. A psychiatric advance
directive may be created only after an evaluation by a physician who declares
that you are capable of making reasoned decisions. If you have concerns
or questions regarding the psychiatric advance directive, you may contact
the Mental Health Advocacy Service at (800) 428-5432.
Whether or not you have an advance directive does not determine your access
to care, treatment or services. You have the option to review and revise
advance directives. The hospital staff will comply with the doctor’s
orders, unless there is clear evidence available to the hospital personnel
that such orders do not follow the patient’s wishes or are illegal.
In the event the attending physician chooses not to comply with the patient’s
wishes, the Chief Medical Officer will be contacted to intervene. With
regard to “Do Not Resuscitate” orders during invasive procedures,
the anesthesiologist and/or doctor will talk to the patient and family,
if available, before the procedure, and agree on the extent of cardiopulmonary
resuscitation during the perioperative period. Regarding a psychiatric
advance directive, your choices may be disregarded if they have not worked
to lessen the crisis, and if you present an immediate danger of physical harm.
You have the right to know who is responsible for authorizing and performing
procedures or treatment. To the degree possible, decisions about your
health care will be based on a clear, concise explanation of your condition
and all proposed technical procedures. This includes the possibilities
of any risk of death or serious side effects, problems related to recovery
and probability of success. Where medically significant treatment choices
exist, you shall be so informed. You will not be subjected to any procedure,
including video monitoring during examination, without the voluntary,
competent and understanding consent of you or your legally authorized
representative except where specified in your operative consent.
You have the right to participate in decisions regarding participation
in investigational or clinical trial studies. You shall be informed if
North Oaks proposes to engage in or perform experimentation or research/educational
projects affecting your care or treatment. You have the right to refuse
to participate in any such activity.
At your own request and expense, you have the right to consult with a specialist
regarding your care.
Involvement in Treatment
You have a right to be involved in the planning and treatment decisions
regarding your care.
You have the right to request a discharge planning evaluation to identify
any care needs you may have after you leave the hospital. Please communicate
your needs to the nurse or case manager.
You have a right to refuse treatment, to the extent permitted by law. When
refusal of treatment by a patient or his/her legally authorized representative
prevents the provision of appropriate care in accordance with professional
standards, the relationship with the patient may be terminated upon reasonable
notice. A patient’s request for treatment may be denied if the patient’s
doctor deems it medically unnecessary or inappropriate.
You have the right to receive education regarding treatment requests or
refusals. If you refuse treatment or fail to follow the practitioner’s
instructions, you will be responsible for outcomes.
Mental Health Rights
Patients who receive treatment for mental illness or developmental disability,
in addition to the rights listed herein, have the rights provided in the
Louisiana Mental Health Law.
Continuity of Care/Transfer
You may not be transferred to another facility unless you have received
a complete explanation of the need for the transfer and the alternatives
to such a transfer, and unless the transfer is acceptable to the other facility.
You have the right to be informed by the practitioner responsible for your
care, or his/her designee, of any continuing health care requirements
after you leave North Oaks. You have the right to receive help from the
doctor and appropriate hospital staff in arranging for required follow-up
care after you leave North Oaks.
Regardless of the source of payment for your care, you have the right to
request and receive an itemized and detailed explanation of your total
bill for services provided to you at North Oaks. You have the right to
timely notice before you become ineligible for reimbursement by any third-party
payer for the cost of your care.
Hospital Policies & Procedures
You will be informed of North Oaks’ policies and procedures applicable
to your conduct as a patient. You are entitled to information about how
North Oaks receives, reviews and resolves patient complaints.
Please speak to your nurse, department Director/Manager, the Nursing Supervisor,
or Administrative Representative about any concerns you have about your
care. An administrative representative can be reached at (985) 230-6605
to address your unresolved concerns. Written concerns may be sent to the
Vice President of Performance Management in North Oaks’ Performance
Management Department at Post Office Box 2668, Hammond, LA, 70404.
Because your concerns are important to us, we will attempt to address them
right away. If we are unable to do so, a grievance will be filed on your
behalf. All attempts will be made to contact you or your legally authorized
representative regarding your grievance within 7 working days. The written
resolution of your grievance will be sent to you or your legally authorized
representative as soon as the investigation is complete. Grievances can
usually be resolved in approximately 7 working days; however, if an extensive
investigation is warranted, this process may take longer. If that is the
case, you will be contacted regarding the progress of our investigation.
Patients also have the right to file grievances with the state’s
Department of Health, Health Standards Section, Post Office Box 3767,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-3767, firstname.lastname@example.org, (866) 280-7737.
Medicare beneficiaries may contact the quality improvement organization
KEPRO for grievances concerning the quality of care or non-coverage toll-free
at 1-844-430-9504. If you wish to speak with The Joint Commission regarding
any concerns, call 1-800-994-6610.