Your Rights & Responsibilities

Your Rights & Responsibilities

CMH observes and respects a patient’s rights and responsibilities without regard to age, race, color, sex, national origin, religion, culture, physical or mental disability, personal values, or belief systems.

You have the right to:

  • Considerate, respectful, and dignified care and respect for personal values, beliefs, and preferences.

  • Access to treatment without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, creed/religion, sex, age, mental disability, or physical disability.  Any treatment determinations based on a person’s physical status or diagnosis will be made on the basis of medical evidence and treatment capability.

  • Respect of personal privacy.

  • Receive care in a safe and secure environment.

  • Exercise your rights without being subjected to discrimination or reprisal.

  • Know the identity of persons providing care, treatment, or services and, upon request, be informed of the credentials of healthcare providers and, if applicable, the lack of malpractice coverage.

  • Expect CMH to disclose, when applicable, physician financial interests.

  • Receive assistance when requesting a change in primary or specialty physicians or dentists if other qualified physicians or dentists are available.

  • Receive information about health status, diagnosis, the expected prognosis, and expected outcomes of care, in terms that can be understood, before a treatment or a procedure is performed.

  • Receive information about unanticipated outcomes of care.

  • Receive information from the physician about any proposed treatment or procedure as needed in order to give or withhold informed consent.

  • Participate in decisions about the care, treatment, or services planned and to refuse care, treatment, or services, in accordance with law and regulation.

  • Be informed, or when appropriate, your representative is informed (as allowed under state law) of your rights in advance of furnishing or discontinuing patient care whenever possible.

  • Receive information in a manner tailored to your level of understanding, including provision of interpretative assistance or assistive devices.

  • Have family be involved in care, treatment, or services decisions to the extent permitted by you or your surrogate decision-maker, in accordance with laws and regulations.

  • Appropriate assessment and management of pain, information about pain, pain relief measures, and participation in pain management decisions.

  • Give or withhold informed consent to produce or use recordings, film, or other images for purposes other than care, and to request cessation of production of the recordings, films, or other images at any time.

  • Be informed of and permit or refuse any human experimentation or other research/educational projects affecting care or treatment.

  • Confidentiality of all information pertaining to care and stay including medical records and, except as required by law, the right to approve or refuse the release of your medical records.

  • Access to and/or copies of your medical records within a reasonable time frame and the ability to request amendments to your medical records.

  • Obtain information on disclosures of health information within a reasonable time frame.

  • Have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare, and be informed as to the center’s policy regarding advance directives/living will.  Expect CMH to provide the state’s official advance directive form if requested and where applicable.

  • Obtain information concerning fees for services rendered and the payment policies.

  • Be free from restraints of any form that are not medically necessary or are used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation by staff.

  • Expect CMH to establish a process for prompt resolution of patients’ grievances and to inform each patient whom to contact to file a grievance.  Grievances/complaints and suggestions regarding treatment or care that is (or fails to be) furnished may be expressed at any time.  Grievances may be lodged with The Joint Commission directly using the contact information provided below.

You are responsible for:

  • Being considerate of other patients and personnel and for assisting in the control of noise, smoking, and other distractions.

  • Respecting the property of others and CMH.

  • Identifying any patient safety concerns.

  • Observing the prescribed rules of the center during your stay and treatment.

  • Reporting whether you clearly understand the planned course of treatment and what is expected of you and asking questions when you do not understand your care, treatment, or service or what you are expected to do.

  • Keeping appointments, and when unable to do so for any reason, notifying CMH and physician.

  • Providing caregivers with the most accurate and complete information regarding present complaints, past illnesses and hospitalizations, medications, unexpected changes in your condition, or any other patient health matters.

  • Promptly fulfilling your financial obligations to CMH, including charges not covered by insurance.

  • Payment to CMH for copies of the medical records you may request.

  • Informing your providers about any living will, medical power of attorney, or other advance directives that could affect your care.

You may contact the following entities to express any concerns, complaints or grievances you may have:


Community Memorial Hospital
Jane Zachrich, 419-542-5566


The Joint Commission, 800-994-6610 or
Betty Clevinger, CNO, 419-542-5567




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