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Presbyterian Healthcare Services Patient Rights

As a patient of a Presbyterian Healthcare Services Facility, your rights and responsibilities are described in the following documents:

Responding to Your Needs and Concerns

Presbyterian Healthcare Services is committed to making your care as comfortable and problem-free as possible. Our goal is to provide you with the care you need in a compassionate and healing environment.

More About Advance Directives

You have the right to give instructions about your own healthcare.

An advance directive is a legal document about your healthcare decisions. It provides direction to healthcare providers if you become unable to make choices for yourself by making your wishes known. An advance directive is only used when you are not able to speak for yourself or make your own decisions.

There are two important parts to an advance directive. The first part lets you choose a Healthcare Decision Maker (sometimes called a Power of Attorney for healthcare, POA, or agent) who can speak for you if you become unable to voice your wishes. The second part (sometimes called a living will) lets you explain what medical support you want or do not want if you become seriously ill.

We have prepared a booklet, “Advance Healthcare Directives” to give you more information about advance healthcare directives, and to provide you with an advance directive you can fill out if you wish. If you would like to receive a copy, you may request one from the admissions office, registration, or your healthcare provider.

New Mexico law does not require that an advance directive be notarized or witnessed, and there is no specific form that must be used.

You are not required to complete an advance directive. If you do not complete an advance directive or choose a Healthcare Decision Maker, New Mexico law decides who will be authorized to make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make decisions yourself.

Once you have completed an advance directive, make sure that it is signed and dated. Keep the original for yourself in a safe and easily accessible location. Give a copy to your healthcare decision maker(s) and to your medical provider(s). It’s also a good idea to keep extra copies to take with you if you are hospitalized.

You can change your advance directives at any time. If you do this be sure to sign and date the new document and replace all old copies with the new document.

Your healthcare decisions are important. Presbyterian Healthcare Services believes that your medical care should reflect your wishes as much as possible. We strongly encourage you to discuss your choices with your physician or healthcare professional and your family.

Translation and Interpretation Services

Patients and their families have a right to translation and interpretation services to help communication among patients and their families or representatives and doctors, nurses, or other caregivers. Interpreters and translation services, including services for American Sign Language, are available simply by making a request to any Presbyterian staff member or showing them this notice. This is a free service.

These rights and responsibilities apply to patients at the following facilities and their clinics:

Presbyterian Hospital

1100 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital

8300 Constitution Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center

2400 Unser Blvd. SE
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124

Lincoln County Medical Center

211 Sudderth Dr.
Ruidoso, NM 88345

Presbyterian Española Hospital

1010 Spruce St.
Española, NM 87532

Plains Regional Medical Center

2100 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Clovis, NM 88101

Dr. Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital

301 E. Miel de Luna
Tucumcari, NM 88410

Socorro General Hospital

1202 Highway 60 West
PO Box 1009
Socorro, New Mexico 87801

Santa Fe Medical Center

4801 Beckner Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507