Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Happy Place Care Services complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, culture, language, religion, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, age, gender/sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, or ability to pay.

We want to encourage you, as a patient at Happy Place Care Services, to speak openly with your health care team, take part in your treatment choices, and promote your own safety by being well informed and involved in your care. Because we want you to think of yourself as a partner in your care, we want you to know your rights as well as your responsibilities during your stay at our hospital. We invite you and your family to join us as active members of your care team.


You have the right to receive considerate, respectful and compassionate care in a safe setting regardless of your race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, language, or ability to pay.

You have the right to receive care treatment and services that are adequate, appropriate and in compliance with state, local, and federal law and regulation.

You have the right to be provided care in a safe environment free from all forms of abuse and neglect, including verbal, mental, physical and sexual abuse.

You have the right to have a medical screening exam and be provided stabilizing treatment for emergency medical conditions and labor.

You have the right to be free from restraints and seclusion unless needed for safety.

You have the right to be called by your proper name and to be in an environment that maintains dignity and adds to a positive self-image.

You have the right to be told the names and jobs of the health care team members involved in your care if staff safety is not a concern.

You have the right to have respect shown for your personal values, beliefs and wishes.

You have the right to be provided a list of protective and advocacy services when needed.

You have the right to receive information about your hospital and physician charges and ask for an estimate of hospital charges before care is provided and as long as patient care is not impeded.

You have the right to receive information from your doctor or other health care practitioners about your diagnosis, prognosis, test results, outcomes of care and unanticipated outcomes of care.

You have the right to have a family member or designated representative and your own physician notified promptly of your admission to the hospital.

You have the right to be involved in your plan of care, including the right to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law. You may include family and friends, with your permission in these decisions. If you leave the hospital against the advice of your doctor, the hospital and doctors will not be responsible for any medical consequences that may occur.

You have the right to be screened, assessed, and treated for pain. You have the right to be involved in decisions about treating your pain.

In accordance with hospital visitation policies, you have the right to have an individual of your choice remain with you for emotional support during your hospital stay, choose the individuals who may visit you and change your mind about the individuals who may visit.

You have the right to appoint an individual of your choice to make health care decisions for you, in the event that you are unable to do so.

You have the right to make or change an advance directive. If you do not have an advance directive, we can provide you with information and help you complete one.

You have the right to give informed consent before any non-emergency care is provided, including the benefits and risks of the care, alternatives to the care, and the benefits and risks of the alternatives to the care.

You have the right to agree or refuse to take part in medical research studies, without the agreement or refusal affecting your care.

You have the right to allow or refuse to allow picture-taking for purposes other than for your care.

You have the right to withdraw consent up until a reasonable time before the photo is used.

You have the right to expect privacy and confidentiality in care discussions and treatments. You may ask for an escort during any type of exam.

You have the right to be involved in your discharge plan. You can expect to be told in a timely manner of your discharge, transfer to another facility or transfer to another level of care. Before your discharge, you can expect to receive information about follow-up care that you may need.

You can expect that all communication and records about your care are confidential, unless disclosure is permitted by law. You have the right to see or get a copy of your medical records. You may add information to your medical record by contacting the Health Information Management Department. You have the right to request a list of people to whom your personal health information was disclosed.

You have the right to access your medical records in accordance with HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.

You have a right to be provided a copy of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Notice of Privacy Practices. Please see the following link: HIPAA

If you or your family member needs to discuss an ethical issue related to your care, a member of the Ethics Committee is available to assist. You may request a consultation.

You have the right to spiritual services. Chaplains are available to help you directly or to contact your own clergy.

You have the right to receive information in a manner that is understandable by the patient, which may include: i) Sign and foreign language interpreters; ii) Alternative formats, including large print; braille; audio recordings; and computer files; and iii) Vision, speech, hearing, and other temporary aids as needed without charge.

The hospital provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:

  • qualified interpreters
  • qualified interpreters

If you need these services, contact your nurse or care provider.

If you believe that Happy Place Care Services has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way, you can file a grievance with the director of Guest Relations for whom contact information is provided below.

You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at, or by mail or phone at:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)

Complaint forms are available at
You have a right to file a complaint about care and have the complaint reviewed without the complaint affecting the patient's care.
If you have a problem or complaint, you may call the nurse's line.

Contact Us

For inquiries about our services, please call (612) 242-9501 or email