Patients and Visitors

Patient Rights

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH) exists for the purpose of providing health care for the sick and injured. The following statement of patients' rights and responsibilities represents the policy of the hospital to reach this goal and presents in summary form the principal responsibilities which the hospital and its patients have to each other. There are additional rights and responsibilities involved in the patient/physician relationship and these rights and responsibilities may be discussed with your attending physician.

The hospital performs many functions, including the prevention and treatment of disease and the education of health professionals and patients. The furtherance of clinical research in these varied activities must be conducted with an overriding concern for our patients and the recognition of their dignity as human beings.

Translation services are available free of charge in Spanish, French, American Sign Language and other languages. Call 217-788-3360 (TTY: 1-217-788-2198). Memorial Health System complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

Patient Rights

  • You have a right to receive safe, considerate and respectful care.
  • You have the right to receive care in a safe setting. 
  • You have the right to be free from neglect; exploitation; corporal punishment; and verbal, mental, physical and sexual abuse.
  • You have the right to be free from restraint or seclusion, of any form, that is imposed as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.
  • You have the right to keep and use personal clothing and possessions, unless this infringes on others' rights or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated.
  • You have a right to receive medical treatment, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, expression of cultural beliefs, or the source of payment for your care.
  • You have the right to be well-informed about your illness, possible treatments and likely outcome and to discuss this information with your care providers.
  •  You have the right to expect quick response to reports of pain.
  • You have the right to receive information in a manner that meets your individual needs.
  • You have the right to ask your physicians, nurses and other caregivers questions about the care you receive.
  • You have the right to obtain the name, position and professional relationship of all individuals who are treating you.
  • You have the right to receive visitors as designated by you; as well as the right to deny any or all visitors. You also have the right to be informed of any restrictions/limitations that are placed on your visitation rights; these limitations/restrictions may be made by the hospital in order to protect your health and safety of all patients. The hospital does not restrict, limit or deny visitation privileges on the basis of race color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
  • You have a right to have a family member, domestic partner, friend or other individual to be present with you for emotional support during your hospital stay.
  • You have the right to have a family memeber or representative of your choice and your physician notified promptly of your admission to the hospital.
  • You have the right to have an ethics consultation without charge to review the plan of care and to discuss your rights or to attempt to settle ethical disagreements or conflicts with health professionals. A patient wishing to request an Ethics consultation should be referred to Case Management.;
  • You have the right to have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care. These documents express your choices about your future care or name someone to decide if you cannot speak for yourself.  
  • You have the right to refuse any care, treatment, or services to the extent permitted by law, and to be informed of the medical consequences of your refusal.
  • You have the right to give or withhold informed consent to produce or use recordings, films, or other images for the purposes other than medical care.
  • You have the right, to the extent permitted by law, to leave the medical center against your physician's advice. 
  • You have the right to reasonable privacy and confidentiality concerning your medical care and the communications and records pertaining to it. Third party payors, medical care review committees and authorized medical center personnel and medical staff may have access to your records.
  • You have the right to expect that treatment records are confidential unless you have given permission to give out information, or reporting is required or permitted by law. When the medical center releases records to others, such as insurers, it emphasizes that the records are confidential.
  • You have a right to expect that within its capacity, the medical center will provide a reasonable response to requests for its services.
  • You have the right to obtain information concerning the relationship of the medical center with other health care and educational institutions insofar as your care is concerned.
  • You have the right to be involved in the decision making process related to your care. (Parents/guardians of children or adolescents have the right to be involved on behalf of their children with limited exceptions.)
  • You have a right to be advised if any portion of your care or treatment program is a part of any experimental or research program.
  • You have a right to refuse to participate in any experimental or research program.
  • You have the right to review your medical records and to have the information explained to you.
  • You have the right to be told of realistic care alternatives when hospital care is no longer appropriate.
  • You have the right to request the opinion of a consultant.
  • You have a right to obtain information about the hospital's teaching and education programs. You may elect to refuse to participate in all or any part of these programs.
  • You have a right to see your hospital bill and have it explained to you.
  • You have a right to inquire about financial assistance in paying your bill or filing insurance forms.
  • You have a right to know what hospital rules and regulations apply to your conduct as a patient.
  • You have a right to religious and other spiritual services.
  • You have the right to freely voice complaints and recommend changes freely without being subject to coercion, discrimination, reprisal, or unreasonable interruption of care.
  • You have the right to freely voice complaints and recommend changes freely without being subject to coercion, discrimination, reprisal, or unreasonable interruption in care.
  • You have the right to file a grievance with Customer Service. If you choose not to pursue a grievance with ALMH, you may contact one of the following:

The Board of Directors, medical staff, and employees of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital have always sought to treat their patients with fairness and concern, recognizing their needs and wishes and satisfying them to the fullest extent possible. The Board of Directors has delegated the responsibility of reviewing and resolving grievances to the President/CEO or his/her designee. If at any time a patient or family member feels they are not being treated in a fair and concerned manner, they should notify the ALMH Administrator On Call by dialing "0".

Based on the type of grievance, a timely referral will be made for complaint resolution, including but not limited to, Ethics Committee, peer review committee, and/or executive committee of the medical staff. The person filing the formal grievance will receive a written response stating the hospital’s decision, how the decision was achieved, the name of the contact person, and date of completion.

Grievances regarding patient quality of care or premature discharge concerns may be directed to:

  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Program  1-800-252-8966
  • Protection and Advocacy, Inc. 1-800-537-2632
  • Illinois Department of Public Health Central Complaint Registry 1-800-252-4343 or 1-800-547-0466 (TTY)
  • The Joint Commission E-mail:  patientsafetyreport@jointcommission.org
  • Patient Responsibilities

    In providing for our patients, the physicians and medical center staff recognize that the most effective results are obtained when the patient and health care team can work together as partners. As a patient, you will be expected, within the limits of your abilities, to assume a share of the responsibility for your health care.

    • You have a responsibility to provide information about illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters related to your health, both past and present.
    • You have a responsibility to cooperate with all personnel assigned to care for you and to ask questions if you do not understand any directions which they may give you.
    • You have a responsibility, both personally and on behalf of your visitors, to be considerate of other patients, particularly with regard to noise, smoking and the number of visitors who may come to see you.
    • You have a responsibility to keep any appointments connected with your care or treatment and to notify the appropriate parties in advance when they cannot be kept.
    • You have a responsibility to be prompt in the payment of your medical center bills, to provide the information necessary for insurance processing and to ask in a timely manner any questions you may have concerning the charges.
    • You have a responsibility to be respectful of others and the property of both others and the hospital.
    • You have a responsibility to abide by hospital rules and regulations and to see that your visitors do likewise.
    • You have a responsibility to aid the health care professionals in their efforts to return you to health by following their instructions.