• Recipient of the HealthGrades 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Three Years in a Row (2007-2009)
• Ranked Among the Top 5% of All Hospitals in the Nation for Patient Safety in 2009
• 1 of only 242 Hospitals in the Nation to Receive the HealthGrades 2009 Patient Safety Excellence Award™
Be Involved in Your Health Care
Patients need to stay informed about medications, diagnoses and treatment. Research shows that patients who do not know or ask about their health care are less likely to accept the doctor’s choice of treatment and are less likely to do what they need to do for the treatment to be successful. Communication between a patient and their caregiver can help minimize the complexity of health care and increase the potential for positive outcomes.
What You Can Do
Print out a Medication Wallet Card.
• Ask questions. It is okay to ask questions and to expect answers that you understand. Speak up if you have concerns.
• Ask a family member or friend to be your advocate, as you never know when you might need someone who can help get things done or speak for you if you can’t.
• Make sure that you have provided all caregivers with all of your health information, as these details can affect the way you respond to medication and other treatments. For example, let them know if you suffer from allergies, diabetes, or use medication patches, etc.
• Make sure you know which doctor is in charge of your care, as this is important if you suffer from multiple health issues or become hospitalized.
While in the Hospital
• Help your caregivers make sure you have a hospital-issued identification (I.D.) bracelet.
• Help your caregivers check the information on your I.D. bracelet, i.e. name, middle initial, date of birth.
• Make sure the information on your I.D. bracelet is correct, and if you have concerns about its accuracy, please call it to the attention of your caregivers. Your I.D. bracelet is the only dependable tool your health care team has to identify, without question, who you are.
• Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor to explain any treatment you will use at home. You should also discuss your medications and topics such as when you can return to regular activities.
• Ask about your test results, if applicable; never assume that no news is good news.
• Be an active member of your health care team, and make sure you understand all of the reasons for medical tests or treatment.