Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Akron General encourages respect for the personal preferences and values of each individual. 

Patient Care Representative

The patient representative is here to be your advocate – to communicate your questions or concerns and to help you get prompt answers and solutions.

Patient Representative

Other patient representative services:

  • Notarization for advanced directives for patients – these include healthcare living wills and the healthcare power of attorney
  • Interpreter services
  • Information on overnight accommodations

If you have any concerns about patient care or safety, please contact our Patient Care Ombudsman Department at the number listed above, or extension 46711 from any medical center telephone. You can also share your concerns through our Quality/Safety Hotline by calling 81628 from any medical center telephone, or 330.344.7901 from outside Akron General. If your issue cannot be resolved by Akron General, you can contact Joint Commission toll-free at 800.994.6610, or online at, or the Ohio Department of Health toll-free at 800.669.3534.

Confidentiality will be maintained, unless otherwise requested.

Patient Safety

Cleveland Clinic Akron General is committed to your safety and care. We encourage you to be a patient safety advocate for yourself or loved one, whether you're being seen at the doctor's office for a cold, during an unexpected trip to the Emergency Department or when planning a scheduled surgery.

Patient safety is built on a partnership between patients, families and healthcare professionals. It is the right of every patient to be actively engaged in their care – to fully understand the treatment they are receiving and to have all of their questions answered and their concerns addressed. If you have a concern about your safety while you are or were a patient at Akron General, we encourage you to contact:

Quality Improvement Department
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
1 Akron General Avenue
Akron, OH 44307

If your concerns cannot be resolved through the hospital, you can contact the Joint Commission toll-free at 800.994.6610 or via email at: [email protected]. All communication will be held confidential, unless otherwise requested or required by law.