Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Sebastian River Medical Center respects the basic human rights and personal dignity of each patient. As a patient, you have the right and responsibility to be informed and to participate in decisions involving your care. When you are incapacitated, incompetent, or a minor, your rights can be exercised by your legally authorized person. You, your relatives and friends are responsible for exhibiting reasonable and responsible behavior.

As our patient, you have the right to:

  • Access care without discrimination.
  • Be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Recognition of psychosocial, spiritual and cultural values.
  • Management of pain and provision for comfort.
  • Take part in decisions regarding care.
  • Participate in ethical decisions and issues concerning care.
  • Confidentiality and privacy regarding care.
  • Refuse treatment.
  • Initiate advanced directives.
  • Receive explanation of charges.
  • Know the names of all persons providing care to you.
  • Inform the hospital supervisor or administrator of any concern regarding rights to care

As our patient, it is your responsibility to:

  • Provide accurate and complete information about complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters related to your health.
  • Report unexpected changes in your condition to your attending physician or nurse.
  • Say whether or not you understand a contemplated course of treatment and your obligations in its administration.
  • Follow the treatment plan recommended by your attending physician and administered with the assistance of nurses and other health care personnel.
  • Keep appointments or notify us if you are not able to do so.

Your Living Will

As a patient, you have the right to make decisions about your medical care, including the right to accept or refuse medical/surgical treatment. Sebastian River Medical Center is committed to honoring your expressed wishes concerning your health care. Your advance directive will be honored if it meets the requirements of state law. You will receive the same level of care during your stay, regardless of whether you signed an advance directive.

Advance directives are documents that indicate your choices regarding health care decisions, including, but not limited to, life-prolonging procedures and the designation of someone to make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to make decisions yourself. Advance directives are commonly known as the living will, the durable power of attorney or health care surrogate.

The living will is an advance directive which allows you to indicate your choices regarding the use of life-prolonging procedures. According to Florida law, when two physicians certify that you have either a terminal condition or are in a persistent vegetative state, your living will will be honored.

You may also designate another person, or surrogate, to make health care decisions for you if you become mentally or physically unable to do so yourself. This surrogate may function on your behalf during such a time. This may be done by completing a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Matters or a Health Care Surrogate Designation form.

Upon your admission, our staff will ask you if you have signed an advance directive and will document your response in your medical record. If you have already signed an advance directive, you will be asked to provide a copy for your medical record. If you have not signed an advance directive, but desire to do so, please let someone on our staff know.

Upon request, we will provide our patients with our Advance Directive Forms Packet. This packet includes forms and instructions for living wills, Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters, and uniform donor cards. If you still have questions after reading the instructions in your packet, you may contact the Case Managment Department at (772) 581-5601.