Hancock County Health System

Partnering with Our Patients

Many hospitals across the country are working to make health care safety a priority.  We encourage our patients to be active participants in their health care through the use of the “Speak Up” program.

S peak up if you have questions or concerns and if you don’t understand, ask again.
P ay attention to the care you are receiving.  Ask questions when you don’t understand.
E ducate yourself about your diagnosis, medical tests, and your plan of care.
A sk a trusted family member or friend to be with you if you are unable to ask questions for yourself.
K now what medications you take.

U se a health care organization that has undergone rigorous on-site evaluations.
P articipate in decisions about your treatment.  You are the center of your health care team. 


Wheelchairs are available throughout the hospital.  For your safety, please ask for help from a member of the hospital staff.   

Fire Drills

For your protection, the hospital conducts fire and disaster drills regularly.  If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and we will direct you.  The hospital is a fire resistant building, and the staff is trained in fire protection. 


All medications, including over-the-counter products, you take while in the hospital are prescribed by your doctor, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse.  Patients are not permitted to administer their own drugs or keep personal medications at their bedsides.  If you have medications that were brought from home, please give them to your nurse so they may be kept for you until you go home.

Personal Belongings

The bedside table in your room provides a place to store personal items and toiletries.  If you have personal items you do not need during your hospital stay, please send them home with your family.  Valuables and large sums of money should be sent home with your family.  If this is not possible, your valuables may be deposited for safe keeping in the Business Office. You will be given a written receipt for all items, which must be shown when you withdraw them.  The hospital does not accept responsibility for personal items unless they are deposited in the Business Office.   Please limit the number of electrical grooming products brought from home.  In compliance with regulations from the State Department of Health, the Maintenance department must check all electrical appliances brought from home before being used.