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Rights and Responsibilities


Bill of Rights

One of the first things we encourage you to do is familiarize yourself with the Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. These rights apply to all patients, including adults, minors, older adults and newborns. As a patient of St. Joseph’s Health, you are entitled to be informed about your medical condition and treatment, to consent to or refuse care, and to prepare an Advance Directive (living will) indicating the kind of medical care you want if you become unable to decide for yourself. Throughout your stay at St. Joseph’s Health, the Patient Advocate is available to assist you and your family with any questions or concerns you may have.

The Bill of Rights (available in English, Spanish and Arabic) and Advanced Directives (living will)(available in English, Spanish and Arabic) are also in the Patient Relations Deptartment.

For help with decisions regarding life support, care at the end of life, or other bioethical issues, you may ask the Patient Advocate to arrange a meeting with our Bioethics Committee. This committee is comprised of hospital personnel and community representatives who are available to review patients’ or families bioethical concerns and offer other recommendations.

You also have the right to file a written complaint against a hospital, either with the hospital or with the Department of Health, for failure to comply with the provisions listed in the Patient Rights and Responsibilities. The department’s address is: Complaint Program, Division of Health Facilities Evaluation, CN 367, Trenton, NJ 08625-0367. The hospital or Department of Health, as appropriate, will investigate a written complaint filed with the department and report its findings to the hospital and to the patient. If you have any questions concerning your rights as a patient, contact St. Joseph’s Health, Department of Patient Relations by calling 973-754-3147 or email patientrelations@sjhmc.org.

Click HERE to view the Patient Bill of Rights.

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Patient Privacy - Images and Video

Patient privacy is a priority at St. Joseph’s Health. As a reminder to visitors and patients capturing and sharing any patient’s image, or posting unauthorized images and video to the Internet or social media sites, directly violates St. Joseph’s Health policies and state and federal law. Patients deserve a safe comforting environment for healing. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Transgender patients who are admitted to St. Joseph’s Health hospitals will be allowed to maintain medication(s) they are already taking, as previously prescribed by their non-St. Joseph’s Health healthcare provider, provided the medication is not contraindicated as determined by St. Joseph’s Health medical personnel.  This policy pertains solely to the maintenance of an admitted patient’s preexisting course of treatment, as previously determined by their non-St. Joseph’s Health healthcare provider, and does not mean St. Joseph’s Health hospitals have to initiate or recommend any treatment for gender dysphoria, including medications. St. Joseph’s Health will treat transgender patients in accordance with the Catholic faith and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services, as amended by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.