The following words and phrases when used in this act shall have the meanings given
to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Assisted living residence.” As defined in section 1001 of the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L. 31, No. 21), 1 known as the Public Welfare Code.
“Benevolent gesture.” Any action, conduct, statement or gesture that conveys a sense of apology, condolence,
explanation, compassion or commiseration emanating from humane impulses.
“Health care provider.” A primary health care center; a personal care home licensed by the Department of
Public Welfare 2 under the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L. 31, No. 21), 3 known as the Public Welfare Code; a person, including a corporation, university
or other educational institution licensed or approved by the Commonwealth to provide
health care or professional medical services as a physician, certified nurse midwife,
podiatrist, hospital, nursing home or birth center; or an officer, employee or agent
of any of them acting in the course and scope of employment.
“Relative.” A patient's spouse, parent, stepparent, grandparent, child, stepchild, grandchild,
brother, sister, half brother, half sister or spouse's parent or any person who has
a family-type relationship with a patient.
“Representative.” Any legal guardian, attorney, agent designated to make medical decisions under a
power of attorney over health care matters, health care representative who is authorized
to make health care decisions for a principal under applicable law, surrogate designated
in an advance directive for health care or person recognized in law or custom as a
62 P.S. § 1001.
Now Department of Human Services; see 62 P.S. § 103.
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