Patient Bill of Rights

Patient Bill of Rights

In 1999 the Federal Patients’ Bill of Rights law went into effect. Under this law, patients have rights afforded them under Federal laws. A full Patients’ Bill of Rights is available from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Find the the Patients’ Bill of Rights in other languages.

Patient Directory

Windom Area Health is committed to protecting the confidentiality of our patients and families. Patient information is only released as authorized by the patient and to those individuals/entities who are permitted by law to have access to patient information.

Upon admission to the hospital, you will be asked if you want to be listed in the Patient Directory. If so, family and friends may, upon request, be updated on your medical status, care, treatment plan, prognosis, and discharge plan. Saying No to inclusion in the Patient Directory means no information will be given about you.

Language Assistance

Windom Area Health uses Language Line Interpreter Services and provides access to interpreter services at no cost for patients. Language Line provides video or audio access for multiple languages, including but not limited to:

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Dinka
  • French
  • German
  • Hmong
  • Karen
  • Laotian
  • Mandarin
  • Nuer
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tigrinya

Patient Privacy

Patient privacy is important to us, please click below to read our Notice of Privacy Practices.

Patient Responsibilities

Windom Area Health endorses the Patients’ Bill of Rights and patient responsibilities. Such responsibilities include, but need not be limited to the following:

  • Be considerate of the privacy and rights of others. Use television, radio and lights in a courteous manner that does not disturb others.
  • Provide current and complete information about your past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other health-related matters.
  • Discuss pain relief options with your doctor and nurse, and notify your nurse of pain when it first begins.
  • Understand and question information regarding your treatment or procedures.
  • Be responsible for your actions should you refuse recommended treatment.
  • Provide a copy of your healthcare directive.
  • Know the name of the person providing your treatment. All physicians, employees and volunteers must wear proper identification.
  • Continue with follow-up care and appointments.
  • Follow Windom Area Health’s safety guidelines, established with your well-being in mind.
  • Send home your valuable personal belongings or deposit them in our safe.
  • Fulfill the financial obligation of your health care promptly.

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