Patient Responsibilities

At Cottage Health, we believe patients and families are our partners, helping us ensure the best possible care in a safe environment. We ask our patients to participate in their health care in the following ways:

  • Provide complete information about current complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other health-related matters. Patients and families must also report perceived risks in their care and unexpected changes in their condition to their physician.
  • Follow the plans and care instructions they have agreed on. This may include following instructions from nurses and allied health personnel as they carry out the coordinated care plan.
  • Keep appointments and, if unable to do so, notify the responsible physician or facility.
  • Accept ownership for their actions if they refuse treatment or do not follow instructions.
  • Ensure all financial obligations for their treatment are fulfilled promptly.
  • Follow all facility rules and regulations.
  • Be considerate of the rights of other patients and staff.
  • Respect other people’s property.

Questions About Your Recent Visit

If you have any questions about your recent visit, our patient relations representative can be reached by email at, or by phone at 805-569-7244.