Notice of Patient Visitation Rights
As a participating hospital in the Medicare Program, Springfield Hospital is required to provide all patients with their rights to visitation during an in-patient stay.
As an in-patient at Springfield Hospital you have the following rights regarding access to visitors:
- The right to verbally grant visitation rights to individuals whom you designate.
- The right to verbally deny visitation rights to individuals whom you designate.
- The right to withdraw or deny consent to visitors at any time.
- The right to appoint a “support person” to designate visitation rights, should you be unable to make such a determination due to incapacitation.
- The right to visitation privileges regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
- The right to review the Springfield Hospital Policy on Patient Visitation Rights.
- The right to file a grievance with Springfield Hospital should you feel your visitation rights have been violated.
Springfield Hospital has the right to impose Justified Clinical Restrictions on a patient’s visitation rights. These restrictions may be necessary to provide safe, appropriate care to a patient and may include, but are not limited to:
- A court order limiting or restricting patient/visitor contact.
- Behavior that presents a threat to a patient.
- Behavior disruptive to a patient care unit.
- Reasonable limitations to visitor numbers.
- Patient’s risk of infection by visitor.
- Visitor’s risk of infection by patient.
- Extraordinary protections because of pandemic or infectious disease outbreak
- Substance abuse treatment protocols
- Patient’s need for privacy
- Need for privacy or rest by another individual in a shared room
- A health care professional deems it in the patient’s best interest that visitation is limited during clinical intervention or procedure.
As a patient, you or your support person has the right to an explanation of any Justified Clinical Restriction put on your visitation rights.