End of Life Care

The Chaplains of Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas minister to the spiritual and ethical needs of our patients and their families, especially during the time when patients may be too ill to make healthcare decisions.  Specifically, they help patients and families understand the choices and advance planning required during prolonged, critical or terminal illness.  The Baptist Chaplains assist patients with the informed decision making necessary to reflect their faith and personal values.

Effective health care requires interest, understanding, and communication between patients, their families, physicians and hospital care professionals. A patient’s care is enhanced by open and honest communication, mutual respect for personal and professional values, and sensitivity to differences. Patient Rights, provided through federal and state laws and hospital accreditation agencies, help define the responsibilities of these important relationships.

Some important rights as a patient are:
  • Participate in the development and implementation of your plan of care and, if you choose, to have your family participate in your care decisions.
  • Make informed decisions regarding your care.
  • To receive care that is considerate and respectful of your personal values and beliefs.
  • Formulate advance directives and to have the hospital staff and practitioner caring for you comply with these directives.
  • Have a family member or representative of your choice and your own physician notified promptly of your admission.
  • Personal privacy
  • Receive care in a safe setting and be free from all forms of abuse or harassment.
  • The confidentiality of your clinical record and to assess information contained in it within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Be free from restraints and/or seclusion of any form that is not medically necessary or are used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.
  • To accept or refuse care to the extent permitted by law.
  • Access protective services
  • Be informed about the outcomes of care, including unanticipated outcomes.
  • Appropriate assessment and management of your pain.
  • Participate in ethical questions that arise in your care, including issues of conflict resolution, withholding resuscitative services, foregoing or withdrawal of life sustaining treatment and participation in investigational studies or clinical trials.
  • File a grievance when an issue cannot be resolved promptly by staff present.