Patient Information: Rights & Responsibilities
The mission of Sharon Hospital is to provide high quality compassionate, patient-focused care in a positive healing environment.
The Patient Information section is designed to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about inpatient admissions, finding a physician, and how to obtain additional medical information.
If you cannot locate what you need to know, please contact us.
50 Hospital Hill Road
Sharon, CT 06069
Patient Rights & Responsibilities: Click here.
For Managed Care/Insurances Accepted at Sharon Hospital - Click here for PDF (updated 1.12.12)
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Connecticut Residents: Visit Connecticut’s 211 Navigator and find out if you qualify for 24 state and federal programs that can help you pay for food, child care, health insurance, prescriptions and more. http://navigator.211ct.org
For CT Husky Plan for children up to age 19, visit www.huskyhealth.com
For CT Department of Social Services, visithttp://www.ct.gov/dss/site/default.asp
For CT Charter Oak Plan information, visit http://www.charteroakhealthplan.com/coh/cwp/view.asp?a=3542&q=418270&cohNav=|
For CT Medicaid Application information (in English),http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/pdfs/medicaid_and_citizenship.pdf
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New York Residents: myBenefits is a quick and easy way for people in New York State to find answers to questions about New York State’s programs and services. https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/selfservice
For Cancer Services Network of Dutchess County, visit http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/cancer/partnerships/
For Printable PDF Document for Medical Records, click here Authorization Form to Release Medical Records
Guidelines to Release/Obtain Health Information Authorization
1. Complete the patient’s name (include previous names if any), date of birth and patients’ phone number.
2. Identify the person or organization authorized by you to release/obtain your medical records.
3. List date(s) of service you are requesting .Check appropriate boxes of the type of information you want released.
4. Indicate the purpose of requesting this information. You will be charged $0.65 per page if the records are for personal use or someone other then a physician (ex. insurance). An invoice will be sent along with the requested records.
5. Signature and date you are signing is required.
6. The release of this information may take up to 14 days to complete.
For questions, please call our Medical Records Associate, at 860.364.4057.
Sharon Hospital offers our community assistance in understanding and creating advance directives.
For help in appointing a health care agent and filling out a living will, please contact Barbara Maltby, MA, Medical Ethicist, at Sharon Hospital at 860.364.4284.
This is a FREE service provided by Sharon Hospital.
To preview forms, please click on the link for your state:
|If you have a concern or complaint, you may call the Director of Performance Improvement at extension 4228 or Hospital Administration at extension 4010. If you are not satisfied with the Hospital’s response, you can file a written grievance with Administration. In addition, you have the right to complain to: The Connecticut State Department of Public Health, 410 Capital Avenue, PO Box 340308 Hartford, CT 06134, (860) 509-7400 OR Qualidigm (for Medicare), 100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 200, Middletown, CT 06457, 1-800-553-7590.
Sharon Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. This organization deals with organizational quality, safety-of-care issues, and the safety of the environment in which care is provided. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent and valid information about such matters may contact the organization at:Division of Accreditation Operations
Office of Quality Monitoring
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181Or
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgThis notice is posted in accordance with the Joint Commission’s requirements.
Advance Directives/Living Wills
At Sharon Hospital, our policy is to include your advance directives as part of your medical record, if provided upon arrival or already on file at Sharon Hospital. The staff and physicians at Sharon Hospital honor the Living Will, recognize the appointment of a healthcare agent, the designation of a Durable Power of Attorney, and stand by patient’s wishes regarding organ donation. For more information about Advance Directives, please ask your nurse.
Sharon Hospital recognizes that all patients and their companions have the right to auxiliary aids and services to promote effective communication. Aids and services offered free of charge include, but are not limited to, written materials, sign language/oral interpreters, TTY’s pictograms, assistive listening devices, language interpreters and services for the blind.
Sharon Hospital accepts infants in accordance with Connecticut Safe Haven Act for Newborns. The Safe Haven Act for Newborns is a new program that allows a parent to voluntarily give up custody of an infant 31 days or younger to the nursing staff of an emergency room. The parent will not be subject to arrest for abandonment. This Act does not protect the parent from being arrested and criminally prosecuted if abuse or neglect has occurred.
Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR)
All patients at Sharon Hospital will be revived if their heart or breathing stops unless a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order is written in the medical record. A DNR order means that, if your heart stops or if you stop breathing, hospital staff will not try to revive you. DNR orders may be transferred between facilities. Orange DNR bracelets are recognized throughout the State of Connecticut and honored by Sharon Hospital.
Withholding Life Support
Terminal illness is when a person is expected to die within a short period of time. All patients at Sharon Hospital have the right to refuse treatment or be connected to machines to keep them alive.
Your doctor must clearly explain the advantages and risks of any procedure, tests, or treatments. You will be asked to sign a consent before you have certain procedures, tests, or treatments. You also have the right to refuse any procedures, tests, or treatments.
If you ever become mentally or physically unable to give your consent, the person you have identified to make your healthcare decisions will be asked for consent. If there is no identified healthcare agent, your next of kin will be asked to give consent for your treatment.
Should it become necessary,surrogates or others responsible may request that the hospital perform an autopsy, upon request, and at a cost to the requester, the autopsy can be performed at another institution by a physician unaffiliated with Sharon Hospital.
Discharge Against Medical Advice
Patients have the right to refuse to stay at the hospital, even if their doctor disagrees witth this decision. Sharon Hospital requests that you sign a form saying that you have been told about the risks of leaving against your doctor’s advice. You will be responsible for your decision.
Medical Ethics Committee
Sharon Hospital’s Medical Ethics Advisory Committee is available as a forum to discuss issues related to patient care.