Houston Physicians’ Hospital is a physician-owned facility. This means that the hospital has one or more physicians with ownership or a financial interest in the institution. The physician who referred you to Houston Physicians’ Hospital for a surgical procedure may be one of the physicians that has ownership or financial interest in this facility. A list of all physician owners is available upon request.
This information is being provided in order to assist you in making an informed decision about your care. You are free to choose another facility in which to receive the services that have been ordered by your physician.
Protection of Health Information
This facility is dedicated to the protection of your personal health information. We follow the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Civil Rights. Visit www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa/ for more information.
Independent Contractor Notice
The physicians and other specialized medical service providers using this facility, including anesthesia, radiology or pathology, are independent contractors and are not employees or agents of Houston Physicians’ Hospital. Since they are independent contractors, the facility is not responsible or liable for their acts or omissions.
There are several types of advance directives; the two most common forms are living wills and a durable power of attorney designation. Houston Physicians’ Hospital does not honor previously signed advance directives. All patients are, therefore, asked to sign a written consent at registration that allows the hospital to initiate resuscitation efforts and a transfer to a higher level of care should they suffer a cardiac or respiratory arrest or other life-threatening situation.
Notice of Visitation Rights
Houston Physicians’ Hospital encourages and facilitates visitation in a manner that promotes healing, balances the needs of all patients and visitors, and creates a safe and secure environment. In fulfilling this purpose, Houston Physicians’ Hospital recognizes the right of all patients to choose who may visit them during an outpatient recuperation or overnight hospitalization. Visitors of choice may include spouses, domestic partners (including same-sex domestic partners), family members, friends or other individuals regardless of formal relationship status, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
There are times when clinically necessary or reasonable restrictions on visitation may be required. The following are examples of some of these times, but is not considered an all-inclusive list:
• Any court order limiting or restraining contact
• Persons in custody of law enforcement
• A patient’s need for rest or privacy
• Disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior of any kind exhibited
• When visitation would interfere with the care of the patient or other patients
• Patient’s risk of infection by visitor
• Visitor’s risk of infection by patient
• Extraordinary measures during a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak
Visitation while the patient is undergoing an intervention or procedure is subject to the clinical judgment of hospital caregivers, wishes of the patient, physical limitations of the patient’s room or recuperation area, or when the intervention or procedure requires maintenance of aseptic technique.
Reasons for visitation restrictions, when required, will be clearly communicated to patients and their support persons by hospital caregivers. Patients or their representatives may file a grievance with hospital administration if they believe their visitation rights have been violated.
The hospital notifies the public it serves about how to contact its hospital management and The Joint Commission to report concerns about patient safety and quality of care. Note: Methods of notice may include, but are not limited to, distribution of information about The Joint Commission, including contact information in published materials such as brochures and/or posting this information on the hospital’s website.