Once admitted you will be given an identification bracelet with your name
and Big Sky Medical Center medical record number. For your safety, do
not remove the bracelet until you are discharged from the hospital. You
will be asked to sign a consent-for-treatment form giving us permission
to treat you. We will discuss our notice of privacy practices and patient rights.
We hope to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If there is an item
you’ve forgotten or feel would make your stay better, we’ll
do everything we can to accommodate you. Your nurse will explain the controls
for the bed, lights, nurse call system and television.
An integrated electronic medical record system will be fully connected
with Bozeman Health’s hospital and clinics, to provide seamless
access to patients’ medical health information.
Patient’s Rights & Notices of Privacy Practices
As a patient at Big Sky Medical Center you have important rights that ensure
that you receive the highest quality of healthcare,
click here to view. Your health information is personal. We keep records of the care and services
that you receive at our facilities. We are committed to keeping your health
information private. This notice describes how medical information about
you may be used and disclosed and how you can gain access.
Click here to view.
Creating an Advance Directive
You have the right to make informed decisions about your health care, including
the right to refuse treatment offered to you. You may also give directions
in advance about your wishes for health care should the time come when
you cannot communicate your wishes to others. If you have an advance directive,
such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care, please
bring it with you at the time of surgery. If you do not have an advance
directive and wish to create one, please contact the Bozeman Health Spiritual
Care department at 406-414-5073 in advance and ask them for help.
When you arrive in your hospital room, staff members will help you become
familiar with the environment. You will meet physicians, nurses, and other
caregivers who will talk with you about your health history. You need
to inform your doctor and nurse about any medications you are taking and
the dosages, as well as any known allergies.
We encourage you to be informed about your treatment. Our staff welcomes
your questions and will explain any aspect of care that you do not understand.
We realize this can be a stressful time for you and your family; be assured
we are committed to providing you with the highest quality patient care.
To ensure the right patient receives the right care, patients are asked
to state their full name and date of birth before any type of treatment
is initiated. Every patient's information is double-checked to match the
treatment or service order, every time.
You may request a “confidential” status at any time during
your stay. “Confidential” means that, by law, we cannot confirm
to callers or visitors that you are being treated at Big Sky Medical Center
as an inpatient, outpatient or Emergency Department patient. You also
will not receive flowers, mail or other deliveries unless addressed specifically
to your correct room number. However, you may share your room number or
direct phone number with friends and family as you see fit.
Condition Help (or Condition H)
Condition Help enables patients and family members to call for immediate
assistance if they feel the patient is not receiving adequate medical
attention. If at any point you feel there is a problem that is not being
adequately addressed or you feel there is a life-threatening emergency
and you feel you are not getting the response you think is needed, activate
Condition H by dialing extension 6946 from any Medical Center telephone
and turn on the call light in the room. Identify the call as a Condition
H. The switchboard will activate Condition H and page the multi-disciplinary
We understand the special needs of our younger patients, and welcome and
encourage parental overnight stays. Feel free to bring your child's favorite
toy or comfort item labeled with his or her name. We do everything possible
to help comfort and relax our young patients. If there is anything you
need, please contact your nurse.
The medical center conducts fire, disaster and other emergency drills regularly.
During a drill, please remain in your room.
No Smoking Policy
Big Sky Medical Center maintains a smoke free and tobacco free environment.
Tobacco use and smoking is prohibited on all BSMC property. This includes
all tobacco and all smoke-able products, including e-cigarettes.
Bozeman Health Spiritual Care staff is specially trained to assist persons
of all faiths as well as those with no faith tradition who desire spiritual
support in coping with illness, loss or trauma. Our intent is to provide
you and your family members supportive spiritual care that will help bring
healing and wholeness in your life.
Spiritual Care department services include:
- Patient visits and support to help you and your family cope during illness,
crisis, change or loss
- 24 hour emergency crisis support in case of trauma or discouraging medical news
- Assistance in connecting you with community clergy, faith community leaders
or other spiritual care resources
- Medical ethics counsel regarding end of life decisions or care plan choices
- Advance care planning and advance directives assistance
- Prayer, rituals or sacraments at your request
- Community support groups including Journeys (bereavement and loss) Suicide
Loss/Saving Lives, SHARE (perinatal loss)
- Spiritual Care staff is clinically trained to offer:
- Unconditional regard and dignity for you as a person
- Respect for your spirituality and/or religious traditions and belief system
- Confidentiality and patient privacy in all conversations
- Acceptance, regardless of the reason you are in need of medical attention
- Encouragement and direction to utilize your personal spiritual resources
in the healing process
- An invitation to share your experience, including thoughts and emotions
that maybe difficult to express (e.g., anger, helplessness, relief, fear)
You may ask any staff person at BSMC to assist you in arranging an appointment
with a chaplain, or you can call the Spiritual Care office directly at
406-414-5073. All conversations with a chaplain are confidential, and
at times, under a seal of confessional privacy.
Send a prayer request for yourself or someone you care about to the Spiritual
Care Department at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Your request will be honored.