Patients & Visitors

Provision of Medical Care

To receive the care and health services that the hospital is required to provide under N.J.S.A. 26:1-1 et seq. and rules adopted by the Department of Health to implement this law;

To give informed, written consent prior to the start of specified non-emergency procedures or treatments only after a physician has explained–in terms that the patient understands–specific details about the recommended procedure or treatment, the risks involved, the possible duration of incapacitation, and any reasonable medical alternatives for care and treatment. If the patient is incapable of giving informed, written consent, consent shall be sought from the patient’s next of kin or guardian or through an advance directive, to the extent authorized by law. If the patient does not give written consent, a physician shall enter an explanation in the patient’s medical record;

To refuse medication and treatment after possible consequences of this decision have been explained in language the patient understands, except in life-threatening situations and instances when medication or treatment is required by law;

To be included in experimental research only when he or she gives informed, written consent to such participation, or when a guardian provides such consent for an incompetent patient in accordance with law and regulation. The patient may refuse to participate in experimental research, including the investigations of new drugs and medical devices;

To be informed if the Medical Center has authorized other healthcare and educational institutions to participate in the patient’s treatment. The patient also shall have a right to know the identity and function of these institutions, and may refuse to allow their participation in the patient’s treatment;

To be transferred to another facility only for one of the following reasons, with the reason recorded in the patient’s medical record:

  1. The transferring hospital is unable to provide the type or level of medical care

    appropriate for the patient’s needs. The hospital shall make an immediate effort to

    notify the patient’s primary care physician and the next of kin, and document that the

    notifications were received; or

  2. The transfer is requested by the patient, or by the patient’s next of kin or guardian

    when the patient is mentally incapacitated or incompetent;

To receive from a physician an explanation of the reasons for transferring the patient to another facility, information about alternatives to the transfer, verification of acceptance from the receiving facility, and assurance that the movement associated with the transfer will not subject the patient to substantial, unnecessary risk of deterioration of his or her medical condition. This explanation of the transfer shall be given in advance to the patient, and/or to the patient’s next of kin or guardian except in a life-threatening situation where immediate transfer is necessary;

To contract directly with a New Jersey licensed registered professional nurse of the patient’s choosing for private professional nursing care during his or her hospitalization. A registered professional nurse so contracted shall adhere to hospital policies and procedures in regard to treatment protocols, so long as these policies and procedures are the same for private duty and regularly employed nurses. The hospital, upon request, shall provide the patient or designee with a list of local non-profit professional nurse association registries that refer nurses for private professional nursing care;

To receive information about pain and pain relief measures from concerned staff who are committed to pain prevention; To be cared for by Health professionals who respond quickly to reports of pain management and practice state-of-the-art pain management.