Hospital Visits

Hospital Visits - How do clergy and other Trinity caregivers find you or a family member in an area hospital? It has been true for many years that hospitals do not notify churches that their members are now patients in the hospital. In recent years with HIPPA laws the rules are tighter. Hospital admission forms usually still have a place asking for religion affiliation and perhaps denominational affiliation. Again this is not done so that the hospital will have an available list of all patients who are Episcopalians. It is for the hospital records.

In most cases when a church or clergy call a hospital asking for a list or if any Episcopalians are patients, the church or clergy will be told that the hospital can not give out that list.  Now, if a church or clergy call a hospital asking if a specific person is an admitted person, then the hospital will give a yes or no and a perhaps a phone number for the patient's room, but only if church or clergy have used the patient's correct name. For instance if inquiry is made for Jim Smith and the patient's name is Thomas James Smith, the response will be "We have no Jim Smith" 

As you can see, it is difficult for clergy to know when Trinity members and family have been admitted to a hospital. Please let us know by calling the Cathedral office at 771.7300. 

 

-The Rev'd Tina Lockett, Canon for Pastoral Care