Black Hills Surgical Hospital |
216 Anamaria Drive | Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Patient's Bill of Rights
Under Public Law 101-508, the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1991, you have certain rights and responsibilities when you enter any healthcare area. For your convenience, these rights and responsibilities are outlined below.
As a patient, you have the right to:
As a patient, you and your family/designated representative/support person(s) have the responsibility to:
• Respect the privacy of confidentiality of other patients.
• Respect the rights of other patients and staff.
• Follow all Black Hills Surgical Hospital rules and regulations pertaining to safety,
smoking, noise, general conduct, and procedures.
1. No Smoking
2. No possession of firearms or other weapons on the premises
3. Maintaining acceptable noise levels and appropriate general conduct for a
• Inform staff of all past illnesses, previous hospitalizations, and current medications.
• If you have Advanced Directives, medical power of attorney or similar document,
provide a copy to Black Hills Surgical Hospital.
• Notify staff when you are in pain and assist with your pain management.
• Follow the treatment plan established by you, your physician, and health care
• Inform your physicians and other caregivers if you anticipate problems or do not
have the resources necessary to follow prescribed treatment.
• Be responsible for your own actions if treatment is not followed and recognize the
impact of your lifestyle choices on your personal health.
• Request additional information or clarification about your health status or treatment
when you do not fully understand information and instructions.
• Provide information concerning your ability to pay for services rendered.
• Work with staff to provide for resources to assist with your care after discharge.
• Inform staff of any complaints or grievances.
BHSH supports patient’s rights to have their support person(s) present and as such has few limitations on visitation.
BHSH does not allow visitors:
• Who engage in disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior of any kind.
• In the operating room due to infection control risks for all patients.
• In the post anesthesia care unit due to privacy concerns and potential interference
with care for all patients in this area.
There may be other instances when staff members ask visitors to leave your room in order to provide care or to allow you to rest, but all efforts will be made to allow the visitors to return as soon as possible and to keep these situations to a minimum. Registered Nurses and physicians may exercise their best clinical judgment in deciding if visitation should be restricted. Best clinical judgment takes into account all aspects of your health and safety, including the benefits of visitation on your care as well as potential negative impacts that visitors may have on other patients in the hospital.
For your safety, it may be necessary to limit the number of visitors due to space constraints in the area that you are being cared for.
Generally, only one visitor may stay overnight in the patient suite due to space constraints and in consideration for other patients. Children under the age of 14 may not stay overnight unless accompanied by an adult other than the patient.
Patient Grievance Process
During your stay, if you have comments, questions, or concerns that have not been
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