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Patient rights and responsibilities

Superior quality and service in patient care is the primary concern of the personnel and medical staff at Capital Region Medical Center. To help us meet this expectation of high quality and compassionate care, Capital Region Medical Center adheres to a list of responsibilities that describes our philosophy and upholds our tradition of concern for our patients.

It is our belief that observance of these responsibilities contributes to effective patient care and greater satisfaction for you and your physician and, therefore, the medical center. 

Patient rights

In order to bring excellence in healthcare to you, we endeavor to:

  • Provide considerate and respectful care in a safe setting free from all forms of abuse or harassment. Patient/client services are provided to all (regardless of race, age, creed, color, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, communicable disease or disability).
  • Provide complete, understandable, current information regarding your diagnosis, treatment and prospects for recovery. This will include interpretive services to those who speak languages other than English or who have speaking/hearing barriers. Your cultural needs should be considered and facilitated, as possible.
  • Provide names and professional status of anyone directly responsible for your care and let you know their role in your care. You have the right to know the reasons for any proposed change in the professional staff responsible for your care.
  • Provide as much information as you feel is needed from your physician before consenting to any treatment or procedure. You have the right to participate in the plan of your care. We encourage your participation in decisions about your treatment and care. Any questions concerning your illness, treatment, pain management, probable medical outcome, significant risks, alternatives and duration of incapacitation should be asked during this time.
  • Provide you with every consideration of privacy concerning your medical care. You have the right to personal privacy and your medical records will be kept confidential and will be released only to those agencies or persons having your permission, or as required or allowed by federal or state law. Case discussion, consultation, examination and treatment are confidential and will be conducted discreetly. Those not directly involved in your care must have your permission to be present. You have the right to have a family member or representative of your choice and your physician notified of your admission to the medical center.
  • Provide you with a reasonable response to the request for service, evaluation or referral as indicated by the urgency of the case. When medically permissible, you may be transferred to another facility after receiving complete information and an explanation concerning the need for and alternatives to a transfer.
  • Provide for the appropriate assessment and effective management of your pain.
  • Allow you to formulate advance directives and have staff and practitioners comply with these directives. Additionally to provide the patient and family of the right of informed consent of donation of organs and tissues.
  • Allow you to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law and to be informed of the medical consequence of your refusal.
  • Allow you to leave, even if your physician advises against it, unless statutes prohibit dismissal.
  • Inform you that we are a teaching hospital and that you have the right to refuse treatment from a medical student, intern or resident. A variety of healthcare personnel are here as a part of their education and are an integral part of our healthcare team. Their presence helps bring the most current knowledge in the healthcare field to your bedside.
  • Provide information as to any relationship of this hospital to other healthcare and educational institutions and the existence of any professional relationships among individuals, by name, who are treating you insofar as your care is concerned.
  • Offer you the opportunity to participate in available research studies or procedures and to refuse participation without compromising access to services.
  • Utilize restraints/seclusion only in an emergency when there is imminent risk of a patient harming himself or others.
  • Provide you with the reason for any delay in your treatment.
  • Provide a continuity of care so that you know your appointment times and physician availability and location.
  • Allow you access to information contained in your clinical record as quickly as the record-keeping system permits.
  • Provide you the opportunity to examine and receive an explanation of your bill regardless of source of payment (within a reasonable period of time). Provide you information regarding the source of the hospital's reimbursement for services provided and of any limitations placed upon your care as a result.
  • Offer appropriate consideration to someone who can act on your behalf if you are unable to request or comprehend the above listed medical center responsibilities.
  • If you have a complaint, you can contact us through mail, phone or the Contact Us form at the bottom of this page. The mailing address is 1125 Madison St., Jefferson City, MO 65010. Or you may call the Patient Advocate at 573.632.5204 or Administration at 573.632.5001.
  • If you have a concern about patient care and safety that the organization has not addressed, you may contact the Missouri Health Facilities Regulation office at 573.751.6303 (920 Wildwood, Jefferson City, MO 65109) and/or The Joint Commission at or phone 630.792.5000.

Patient responsibilities

  • Patients and their families, as appropriate have the responsibility to provide, to the best of their knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalization, medications and other matters relating to their health. They have the responsibility to report unexpected changes in their condition to the responsible practitioner. Patients and their families are asked to report concerns about safety to their caregiver. They can help the hospital by providing feedback about service needs and expectations.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for making it known whether they clearly comprehend a contemplated course of action, what is expected of them, and their ability to follow the proposed plan of care.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for following the treatment plan recommended by the practitioner primarily responsible for their care. This may include following the instructions of nurses and allied health personnel as they carry out the coordinated plan of care, implement the responsible practitioner's orders, and enforce the applicable medical center rules and regulations.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for keeping appointments and, when unable to do so, for notifying the responsible practitioner or the medical center.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for their actions if they refuse treatment or do not follow the practitioner's instructions.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for assuring that the financial obligations of their healthcare are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for following medical center rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and medical center personnel and for assisting in the control of noise, smoking and the number of visitors.
  • Patients and their families are responsible for being respectful of the property of other persons and the medical center.

Copies of the patient rights and responsibilities for Capital Region Medical Center are posted in registration waiting areas and are provided to all registered inpatients and to outpatients per patient request.

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If you have a complaint, you can contact us by mail, phone or through the Contact us form at the bottom of this page.
1125 Madison St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Patient Advocate: 573.632.5204 
Administration: 573.632.5001

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