Preparing For Your Hospital Stay

MHA's Caregiver Advise, Record & Enable (CARE)-Presentation Slides

The Care Act law (Chapter 332 of the Acts of 2016), effective November 8, 2017,  allows  patients over the age of 18, who have been admitted as an inpatient at an acute care hospital, the opportunity to designate a caregiver and give permission for the hospital to provide medical information to that caregiver.

MHA has developed a Fact Sheet as well as a FAQ document.

A recording of the webinar discussing this new law can be found here...


Having surgery: What you need to know

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This online resource is for patients who are facing surgery that is not an emergency. Some of the information on this site may help you and your family understand more about an upcoming surgery, whether it has to be done right away or can be done later.


Preparation for a Hospital Stay

MD Anderson Center 
Staying at a hospital can be overwhelming; however, preparing for the experience can help make this time away from home a little less stressful.


Speak Up: Help Avoid Mistakes

The Joint Commission Partnership
The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 40 countries and features infographics, animated videos, brochures and posters, which can be downloaded for free.


"What You Can Do" to Prepare for Surgery

The Partnership for Healthcare Excellence
Simple steps to help you prepare for surgery can be found on this easy-to-follow fact sheet.