Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Michigan Patient Rights

Michigan Law provides that individuals seeking medical care have certain legal rights.  Here is a list for your reference.

  1. A patient or resident shall not be denied appropriate care on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status, sexual preference, or source of payment.
  2. An individual may obtain or inspect his/her medical records and a third party shall not be given a copy without authorization of the patient except as required by law and third party contract.
  3. A patient or resident is entitled to privacy, to the extent feasible, in treatment and caring for personal needs with consideration, respect and full recognition of his/her dignity and individuality.
  4. A patient or resident is entitled to adequate and appropriate care and to receive information about his/her medical condition unless medically contraindicated by the physician in the medical record.
  5. A patient or resident is entitled to receive and examine an explanation of his/her bill. Also, he/she is entitled to know who is responsible for his/her care.
  6. A patient or resident is entitled to associate and have private communication with his/her physician, attorney, or any other person, and to receive personal mail unopened, unless medically contraindicated. A patient’s or resident’s civil and religious liberties shall not be infringed and the facility shall encourage and assist in the exercise of these rights.
  7. A patient or resident is entitled to be free from MENTAL and PHYSICAL ABUSE and from physical and chemical restraints except those necessitated by an emergency to protect the patient and/or others.
  8. A patient or resident is entitled to retain and use personal clothing and possessions as space permits. At the request of a patient, a nursing home shall provide for safekeeping of personal property, funds and other property, except that a nursing home shall not be required to provide for the safekeeping of property which would impose an unreasonable burden on the nursing home.
  9. Each patient shall be provided with meals which meet the recommended dietary allowances for the patient’s age and sex and may be modified according to special dietary needs.
  10. A health care facility, its owner, administrator, employee, or representative shall not discharge, harass, retaliate or discriminate against a patient because a patient has exercised rights protected by law.
  11. A patient or resident is entitled to adequate and appropriate pain and symptom management as a basic and essential element of his or her medical treatment.

If you wish to file a grievance against Lapeer County Surgery Center, you may contact any of the following:

  • Lapeer County Surgery Center office manager – 810-667-4000
  • Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Health Systems– 1-800-882-6006
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – 1-877-696-6775
  • Office of the Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman –

During the admitting process, each adult patient receiving treatment will be asked whether he/she has an advanced directive and the same will be within the patient’s chart. If you do have an advanced directive, please bring it to the Lapeer County Surgery Center on the day of your procedure. It is the policy of Lapeer County Surgery Center that the “No Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)” portion of the advance directives will be held in suspension from the start of the surgical procedure or anesthesia and will end at the time the patient is discharged from anesthesia.

The following surgeons are co-owners of the Lapeer County Surgery Center and have a financial interest:
Gordon McClimans, DO; Richard Moyer, DO; Gunda Reddy, MD; Sabry Mansour, MD; Robert Stenz, DO; Arthur Tatge, DO; John Yap, MD and William Zemnickas, DO.

Lapeer County Surgery Center
Patient Responsibilities

Patients of the Lapeer County Surgery Center have certain obligations when they seek medical care at our facility.  Here is a list for your reference.

1. You are responsible for complying with The Surgery Center’s rules and regulations.

2. The Surgery Center staff is expected to be courteous to you. In turn, you are expected to be courteous to them and other patients and are expected to help in keeping the noise and number of visitors to reasonable levels. You may not damage or remove Surgery Center property or the property of others.

3. To the best of your ability, you are responsible for providing accurate and complete details about your past illnesses and your present condition. You are responsible for informing your physician or Surgery Center personnel if you have been hospitalized in the past, the reason for this, and the medications and/or drugs (including over-the-counter products, and dietary supplements) you are now taking, and the ones in your possession.

4. You are responsible for informing your physician or the nurse if there has been an unexpected change in your condition or if any problems were identified in your treatment.

5. You are responsible for telling the physician or the nurse if you do not understand your treatment or if you do not understand what you are expected to do.

6. You are responsible for following the advice and instructions of the physicians, nurses and other personnel concerning your care.

7. You are responsible to provide a responsible adult to transport you home from the facility and remain with you for 24 hours, if required by your physician.

8. In the case of pediatric patients, a parent or guardian must remain in the facility for the duration of the patient’s stay in the facility.

9. You are responsible for any ill effects in the event you refuse treatment or do not follow instructions.

10. You are responsible for keeping your appointments and for informing the physician or the nurses if you cannot keep an appointment.

11. You are responsible for paying your bill promptly and for informing The Surgery Center if someone other than yourself will be responsible for the payment.

12. You are entitled to information regarding the identity of the personnel providing your direct care, to information concerning your continuing health needs, and any alternatives available for meeting those needs.

13. You are entitled to private communications and consultation with your physician or any other person of your choice. Your civil and religious liberties shall be respected and the facility shall encourage and assist you in exercising those rights.

14. You are entitled to an environment free from any mental or physical abuse at the facility

15. You are entitled to be free from performing services for the facility that are not included for therapeutic purposes in the plan of care.

16. You are entitled to information about The Surgery Center’s rules and regulations affecting your care and conduct. You are also responsible for following facility policies and procedures.

17. You are responsible for being considerate of the rights of other patients and facility personnel.

18. You are responsible for being respectful of your personal property and that of other persons in the facility.

19. You are responsible for notifying The Surgery Center staff of possible pregnancy.

20. You are responsible to inform The Surgery Center and your physician, about any living will, medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect your care.