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Select Policies

Below you’ll find links to select Virginia Mason Franciscan Health policies of public interest. They are also posted on the Washington State Department of Health website.

Our Values in Action Policy and Reference Guide

Policies for our hospitals

These policies cover St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Anthony Hospital, St. Clare Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Michael Medical Center, St. Anne Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital.

Policy: Admission

It is the policy of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to recognize and respect the rights of all patients. Discrimination in any form is prohibited. Patients receiving any health care services at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health shall be informed of these patient rights as well as their responsibilities. It is the policy of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to ensure that the individual’s right to make treatment decisions and to execute Advance Directives are honored.

Admission Notice of Patients Rights and Responsibilities

Policy: Nondiscrimination

As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is dedicated to providing services to patients and welcoming visitors in a manner that respects, protects, and promotes patient rights. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical , mental or other disability, citizenship, medical condition, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Virginia Mason Franciscan Health arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Policy: End of Life

It is the policy of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health that all services rendered in our facilities shall be supportive of life. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s goal is to help patients make informed decisions about end of life care without Virginia Mason Franciscan Health actively participating in the provisions associated with the Death with Dignity Act. It is the policy of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to provide tools and support to a patient and their family that improves their quality of life when facing the problems associated with life threatening illness. At no time may direct actions to terminate life be performed or permitted. Extraordinary means to sustain life need not be utilized when death appears to be imminent and inevitable.

End of Life

Policy: Reproductive Health Care

Policy: Financial Assistance/Charity Care

The Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Financial Assistance Policy (available in multiple languages) applies to uninsured/underinsured patients who come to our facilities for treatment. This policy provides financial relief to patients who qualify based on a comparison of their financial resources and/or income to Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Financial Assistance/Charity Care