At Lakewood Health System, we place the highest priority on our patients’ right to privacy and safety. We are committed to providing you and your family with exceptional service, and forming a relationship that is built on trust. This means we respect your rights to privacy and safety, and will protect the confidentiality of you and your family’s health information.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by the United States Congress in 1996. The act had two goals: to protect the health insurance coverage of workers and their dependents when they left or changed jobs, and to establish national standards for electronic transmission of health care information with the goal of ensuring patient privacy.
The purpose of this document is to promote the interests and well-being of the patients of healthcare facilities. No healthcare facility may require a patient to waive these rights as a condition of admission to the facility. It is the intent that every patient’s civil and religious liberties, including the right to independent personal decisions and knowledge of available choices, shall not be infringed and that the facility shall encourage and assist in the fullest possible exercise of these rights.
Care Center residents have certain rights and protections under the law. It is important to publish and understand these rights to ensure the continuation of excellent quality care for individuals who live in a long-term care facility.
The safety of our patients, employees and community members is of utmost importance to us. This requires concerted efforts from all members of our team, and we are dedicated to providing tools and resources to enhance safety and security at our facilities and in our communities. This includes providing information about emergency preparedness both at Lakewood, as well as in your home, and the safe disposal of needles, syringes and unwanted medications.
In an effort to maintain emergency preparedness, Lakewood Health System completes monthly code drills in lieu of real events like severe weather, evacuations, missing persons, trauma, security threats and fire.
Lakewood Health System is an active member of the Central Minnesota Healthcare System Preparedness Program (CMHSPP). The CMHSPP’s mission is to assist regional hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities in their planning and response to potential healthcare disasters. The program’s funding and guidance is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services through the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness. Lakewood also collaborates with Todd and Wadena counties and the City of Staples in preparedness planning and response.