All patients being admitted to St. Patrick Hospital must bring their insurance cards and personal identification (driver’s license, college ID, tribal ID). St. Patrick Hospital protects your identity by scanning your ID cards into our secure information system in order to verify.
Please leave all personal belongings at home. If you have personal items you must use during your hospital stay, ensure your items have an escort home so they aren’t left behind or lost.
At St. Patrick Hospital, we’re committed to your health and safety. Please help us by following safety precautions. You play a vital role in your care by becoming an active, involved and informed member of your health care team. You can prepare for hospital admission by reviewing the Partnership for Your Safe Care brochure.
The Advance Directive
Advance directives help you make care decisions before a serious illness occurs
Advance directives are legal documents used to communicate your preferences about future health care. If you become incapacitated or unable to communicate, these documents spell out exactly which types of care you do and don’t want to receive. It is important to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals before a serious illness occurs.
If you have an advance directive, make sure your family knows where to find it. It’s also helpful to file a copy with your family doctor and attorney. And, bring a copy to the hospital for a scheduled procedure. If you’re traveling, carry a copy with you.
- Living Will: A Living Will - or Health Care Directive - covers care intended to sustain life if you are terminally ill or permanently unconscious. It provides a road map to doctors and family members in areas such as artificially feeding and hydration. It does not allow you to appoint a proxy to make decisions on your behalf.
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care:A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care covers more medical situations than a Living Will. The document allows you to state your wishes and appoint a proxy to make sure those wishes are honored. It goes into effect if you are unable to speak for yourself or under other circumstances you identify. It also allows your proxy to work with your physician to make health care decisions.
- Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST): The Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a "portable" physician order form that gives directions regarding emergency life-sustaining treatment. It is called "portable" because it is intended to travel with you from one care setting to another (for example, from the hospital to a transitional care facility). If you have an emergency at home, the form serves as the physician's orders to the emergency response team for your care.
For more information about advance directives, ask to speak to a chaplain or medical social worker during admissions.