St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil, IN, is a critical care 25-bed hospital and provides endoscopic and general surgery, comprehensive medical imaging and diagnostic services, including the cardiac heart scan test. As part of the Indiana Heart Attack Network, our patients have immediate access to the cardiovascular specialists at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. Specialty medical offices at St. Vincent Clay Hospital include a Heart Clinic, Digestive Health, Diabetes Care and Orthopedic offices. The Rehabilitative Services (PT, OT and speech) and Respiratory Care (including pulmonary function testing) serve pediatric and adult patients from this county and surrounding areas. As part of St. Vincent Health, our patients have access to many medical specialists including bariatric surgeons and bariatric support group and pediatric specialists at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.
Our Clay Hospital Health Access Worker connects uninsured/underserved individuals and families with needed services including primary health care and preventative health services in the community. RUAH was recognized by the IBJ as a 2015 Health Care Hero finalist.
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St. Vincent personnel wear ID badges that are white with black lettering and include the St. Vincent doves symbol, a photo of the employee, and the person's title and/or department. All of our associates have one goal in mind: to care for you, our patient, to bring about your recovery as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.
Our associates are highly trained and directed by the philosophy of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, which calls upon them to protect and promote the dignity and rights of each person as they participate in the healing ministry of Christ.
Our physicians are members of the St. Vincent medical staff. Physicians consult with the nursing staff and possibly other medical personnel and are ultimately responsible for your medical care. If your doctor is in private practice, his/her services provided to you while in the hospital will be billed separately.
Our St. Vincent nursing staff are at the center of your health care team and are committed to providing you with exceptional nursing care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your nurses carry out your physician's orders for medical treatment and respond to your needs.
Use the nurse call system in your room to contact the nurses' station. Please feel free to ask your nurse if you have questions about your care at St. Vincent. A representative from hospital administration is also available upon request 24 hours a day by calling the hospital operator (0) from the phone in your room.
St. Vincent plays an important role in educating physicians and specialists. As a teaching medical center, care may be given to you by resident chaplains, physicians, and medical or nursing students during your stay. St. Vincent provides advanced experience for graduate physicians who are pursuing specialty training.
Professionals in training are called residents and are always under supervision. A doctor may also be called an “intern” or “house physician.” Residents may participate in your care under the supervision of your own physician, who is the “attending physician.” The availability and thoughtful contributions of house physicians are considered a vital part of high-quality patient care.
Along with nurses and physicians, your medical care rests in the hands of numerous health care specialists. These include technologists in radiology and other departments, medical technologists in the laboratory, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, chaplains, social workers, and many others who are available upon your request.
Numerous associates who are vital to the operation of St. Vincent Clay, provide support to the doctors and nurses. These include administrators, unit managers, clerical workers, food and nutrition services personnel, housekeepers, maintenance workers, security officers, and others. Together, they support your caregivers and help make your stay at St. Vincent as pleasant as possible.
Over 1,000 volunteers regularly give their time at St. Vincent facilities, providing many services to enhance patient comfort. Volunteers deliver mail and flowers, work in the gift shop, provide assistance to patients and their families, and perform many other duties in nearly every hospital department. These volunteers in red shirts or jackets give an important gift to St. Vincent patients and visitors—their compassion, time, and service.
If you have concerns regarding the care you receive from any member of our care team or other concerns about your hospital stay, please contact one of the following associates:
St. Vincent recognizes outstanding job performance, conscientious service, cooperation with fellow associates, and adherence to the St. Vincent philosophy, mission, and values. Nomination forms for Service Excellence awards are available through your nurse.
Our case management social workers are here to help you or your loved ones find the services that may be needed after leaving the hospital. They will listen to your concerns and help create a plan to meet immediate and long-term needs.
They can help with referrals to such services as:
Whether you are currently healthy or facing a health challenge, it is important to consider what your wishes would be if you were unable to give direction to your medical caregivers because of unforeseen circumstances.
Regardless of the reason for your upcoming hospital stay, now is a good time to consider documenting your wishes so that family members will be confident making decisions on your behalf should it ever become necessary. Thinking about your preferences and discussing them with family and friends is important.
Documents called advance directives will make your wishes known to your physician. These documents state your choices for health care or appoint someone to make those choices for you if you are unable to do so.
If you already have advance directives, please bring a copy with you to the hospital at the time of your admission.
The Patient Self-Determination Act went into effect on Dec. 1, 1991. This act requires hospitals, nursing facilities and other health care organizations to inform patients about advance directives by giving them written information at the time they are admitted.
If the patient has executed such a document, the signed document will then become a part of the patient's medical file for that admission only.
For years, fewer than 10 percent of all Americans had executed an advance directive. However, with the new law, both the young and old are encouraged to put their health care wishes in writing while they are still healthy and able to make these decisions.
Three types of advance directives can be prepared at St. Vincent Clay.
A fourth type of advance directive is also an option but cannot be prepared at St. Vincent. Many people consult an attorney for the preparation of this document:
If you need additional information about how to execute an advance directive, please call the St. Vincent Clay Pastoral Care Office at 812-442-2647. After business hours, please ask your nurse to page the hospital chaplain.
Visiting hours are open. We understand the importance of visitors to the healing process of our patients. If visiting hours are limited in certain units they will be posted. Quiet hours are from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Family and or visitors are asked to check in at the Information Desk prior to going to the patient rooms.
The gift shop is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Food and beverages are available at vending machines located in the facility.
Telephones are available in the hospital's front hall for free local calls.
Free WiFi access is available to patients and/or visitors at the hospital.
St. Vincent Clay is committed to providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care to all our patients and their families, especially those with limited English proficiency, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and people with unique physical needs.
For assistance, please call 812-442-2500.