Patients & Visitors
Thank you for your interest in St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne’s first hospital. We appreciate the opportunity to serve our community and look forward to caring for your healthcare needs. We will do everything we can to make your time as a patient or visitor as pleasant as possible.
At St. Joseph Hospital we believe that education can change the way our patients view the healthcare experience. The more knowledgeable you are about your options, the more involved you are likely to be in your care and recovery. Our staff will work with you and your family to help you understand your care plan.
Online Resources and Downloadable Forms
We also believe that caring for you and your family doesn’t stop at our doors. That is why we have built this section of our Web site. We hope you will find the resources located in this section both helpful and educational. We have also provided a variety of downloadable forms and other helpful information.
Health Information and Articles
You can also view our online health resources section for health information and articles.
What to Expect
When you arrive at St. Joseph Hospital you will receive a patient handbook. This guide provides information we hope will be helpful to you and your family. During your stay, you may also receive written information about your care and other educational materials. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
- Speak out if you have questions or concerns and if you don’t understand, ask. Your health is too important to worry about being embarrassed. If you don’t understand something that your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional tells you, ask for clarification.
- Pay attention to the care you are receiving. Tell your nurse or doctor if something does not meet your expectations.
- Educate yourself about your diagnosis, medications being taken, medical tests you are undergoing and your treatment plan. Gather information about your condition, medications and the operation of any equipment that is used in your care.
- Assign a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate. Select a person you can communicate with and that you trust to assist you in clarifying treatment options.
- Participate in all decisions about your treatment. You are the center of the healthcare team and should participate in all treatment decisions made regarding your care.