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Kittitas Valley Hospital (KVH)

Ellensburg, Kittitas County
Owned by: Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 (dba Kittitas Valley Healthcare)

Kittitas Valley Hospital (KVH) participates in the Washington Death with Dignity Act, with some restrictions.

View Hospital's Death with Dignity Policy

If you want more information about the Death with Dignity Act, contact your physician and End of Life Washington.

Kittitas Valley Hospital (KVH)'s Policies on Death with Dignity

1. Allows doctors and other health care providers to talk with patients about treatment options under the Washington Death with Dignity Act. Yes

KVH recognizes the patient's right to request a prescription for Death with Dignity medication. Hospital employees are expected to respond to patients' questions about the Death with Dignity Act and provide hospital-approved patient education literature.

2. Ensures that patients who request assistance with Washington's Death with Dignity Act are referred to a supportive organization or provider. Yes

KVH health care providers are expected to provide patients the names of resources such as End of Life Washington, and to transfer patient care and any records to a provider acceptable to the patient.

3. Allows doctors to participate in Death with Dignity in its hospital. Yes, with restrictions

KVH respects the right of physicians and other care providers to participate under the Act, but KVH does not endorse patients self-administering Death with Dignity medications within the hospital.

4. Allows doctors to participate in Death with Dignity in clinics and other facilities it owns or operates. Yes, with restrictions

Same as above

5. Allows its pharmacy to fill prescriptions for Death with Dignity medication. No

KVH pharmacy does not fill take home or outpatient prescriptions so prescriptions for Death with Dignity are not filled at the KVH pharmacy.

6. Allows patients to ingest Death with Dignity medication during their hospital stay. No

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