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rvmc patient rights

A Guide to Your Rights

As a patient at Ruby Valley Medical Center, you have important rights that ensure you receive the highest quality of healthcare.  All of your rights also apply to any person that has legal responsibility to make decisions regarding your medical care.  Every employee is committed to caring for you according to these standards.

*As a recipient of federal financial assistance, Ruby Valley Medical Center does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of sex, economic status, educational background, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status, or the source of payment for care in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Ruby Valley Medical Center directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Ruby Valley Medical Center arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

You Have the Right to:

Considerate and respectful care, to be made comfortable, and to have your cultural, psycho-social, spiritual and personal values, preferences and beliefs respected. 

Have a family member (or other representative of your choosing) and your own physician notified of your admission to the medical center in a timely manner.  

Know the names of the physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who are involved with your care and the role they play in your care. 

Receive information regarding your health status, diagnosis, prognosis and course of treatment in terms that you can understand.  You have the right to participate in the development and implementation of your care plan.  You have the right to participate in ethical questions that arise in the course of your care, including issues of conflict resolution, withholding resuscitative services, and foregoing or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment. 

Make decisions regarding medical care, and receive as much information about any proposed treatment or procedure as you may need in order to give informed consent.  Except in an emergency, this information shall include a description of the procedure or treatment, the medically significant risks involved, alternative options for treatment and non-treatment and the risks and benefits of all options, and the name of the provider that will carry out the procedure or treatment.  You may request or refuse treatment, to the extent permitted by law.  However you do not have the right to demand inappropriate or medically unnecessary treatment or services.  You have the right to leave the medical center even against medical advice to the extent permitted by law.  You have the right to be informed of the medical consequences of any of these actions.  

Be advised if the medical center/physician proposes to engage in or perform human experimentation/research affecting your care or treatment.  You have the right to refuse to participate in such research projects. 

Reasonable responses to any reasonable requests made for service.

Appropriate assessment of management of pain.

Formulate an advance directive.  This includes designating a person to make decisions for you in the event you become incapable of understanding a proposed treatment or are unable to communicate your wishes regarding care.  Medical center staff and practitioners shall comply with these directives.  All patient rights apply to the person who has legal responsibility to make decisions regarding your medical care on your behalf. 

Respect for personal privacy.  Case discussion, consultation, examination and treatment are confidential and shall be conducted discreetly.  You have the right to be told the name and reason for the presence of any individual involved in your care.  You have the right to have visitors leave prior to an examination and/or when treatment issues are being discussed. Privacy barriers will be used in all semi-private areas.

Confidential treatment of all communications and records pertaining to your care and stay in the medical center.  Basic information that is included in our facility directory, such as your location within the medical center and your general condition may be released unless specifically prohibited in writing by you.  Written permission shall be obtained before medical records are made available to anyone not directly concerned with your care, except as otherwise required or permitted by law. 

Access information contained in our records within a reasonable time frame, except when not permitted by law.  

Receive care in a safe environment, free from neglect, exploitation or sexual, emotional, verbal or physical abuse or harassment. 

Be free from restraints of any form used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.

Continuity of care and to be provided with information regarding the plan of care and any continued healthcare requirements following your discharge and the identity of the persons providing this care.  

Know any medical center rules or policies that apply to your conduct while a patient.

Designate visitors of your choosing in accordance with the medical center visitation policy.

Examine and receive explanation of your medical center bill regardless of source of payment.  You have the right to be informed of any business relationships between the medical center and any healthcare providers, institutions or businesses that may influence your treatment and care.  

Exercise these rights without regard to sex, economic status, educational background, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status, or the source of payment for care

Be satisfied with the medical care you receive.  You have the right to file a grievance and/or file a complaint with the State Department of Health and Human Services and/or the medical center and be informed of the action taken.  (See contact information below.)

To be an active participant in your own medical care as long as your actions do not infringe upon the rights of other patients or upon the rights and responsibilities of the medical center.  

You Have the Responsibility to:

Provide accurate and complete information regarding present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medication and other matters relating to your medical needs.

Cooperate with the treatment plan recommended by your physician, including instructions by nurses and allied health personnel as they facilitate the plan of care.

Report any unexpected changes in your condition or any difficulties or concerns you have as soon as possible.  

Understand your illness and treatment; if you do not, request that additional explanation be provided.

Accept full responsibility when refusing treatment or not following the physician’s instructions.  

Make any concerns, complaints or grievances known to your care provider so they may be resolved in a timely manner by either the immediate healthcare provider or by medical center administration.  

Show respect for other patients by following the medical center’s rules to assist in the control of noise, smoking and visitation.  

Follow medical center rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct.  

Be considerate of the property of other persons and the medical center. 

Treat your physician and medical center staff in the same courteous manner that you expect your healthcare team to treat you. 

Notify appropriate personnel if a language barrier exists or if any assistive devices are required so that these services can be secured. 

Provide the medical center with a copy of your advance directives.

Ensure that financial obligations for healthcare are fulfilled as promptly as possible.

If you have concerns regarding safety and quality of care, please speak to your nurse or physician or ask for a patient feedback form.  You may also ask to speak to the department manager or designee.  Should you find that any concern or complaint goes unresolved, you may contact Ruby Valley Medical Center Patient Relations and/or the State Department of Health and Human Services with your complaint and/or grievance.  You will be provided with the steps of the investigation, results and date of completion.  

*This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91.  

Ruby Valley Medical Center Compliance Officer

321 Madison Street

Sheridan, MT 59749

(406) 842-5453 x1008

Department of Public Health & Human Services
Quality Assurance Division

2401 Colonial Drive, 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 202953

Helena, MT 59602-2952

(406) 444-2099

Additional Information

Comments & Concerns

Should you have an immediate comment or concern, please notify a staff member.  If you wish to file a  complaint, please contact the Compliance Officer or Director of Nursing at 406-842-5453.

Emergency Screening

If you have a medical emergency or are in labor, you have the right to receive, within the capabilities of this hospital’s staff and facilities:  An appropriate medical screening examination; Necessary stabilizing treatment (including treatment for an unborn child); and, if necessary, an appropriate transfer to another facility, even if you cannot pay or do not have medical insurance, or you are not entitled to Medicare or Medicaid.

Advance Medical Directives

Advance Medical Directives are written documents that allow patients to give directions about future medical care. There are two kinds:

  • Living Wills: These are written instructions about the medical care a person wishes to receive (or not receive) if he or she has a terminal disease or other debilitating condition. They are called living wills because they take effect while a patient is still alive.

  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care:  In this document, the patient names someone else (called a proxy or agent) to make medical care decisions if the patient becomes unable to do so.


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Conditions of Inpatient & Outpatient Services

The form that you sign upon admission authorizes us to perform medical treatment or testing as directed by your physician/provider.  It also lets us use and disclose your information for purposes of treatment, payment, and healthcare operations.

Medical Record Information

Your medical record is a confidential document. You have a right to view or have copies of your record as outlined in The Montana Uniform Health Care Information Act and HIPAA Federal Privacy Regulations. Please contact the Health Information Management Department at (406) 842-5453 for medical record questions.

Billing Information

Ruby Valley Hospital & Rural Health Clinics will bill your health insurance carrier as a courtesy to you.  You are responsible for communicating with your insurance provider about any delays or problems that may arise. Balances are to be paid within 30 days or within accepted payment arrangements.  Please contact the Hospital office at 406-842-5453  for questions about your bill.

Nondiscrimination Policy 

Ruby Valley Hospital & Rural Health Clinics do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment.  The Patient Non-Discrimination and ADA Policy can be found here (please click).

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