Under most circumstances, your physician will coordinate the date of your surgery or procedure directly with the hospital. Upon arrival, please check in at the hospital's Admitting Desk at your scheduled check-in time.
We ask that you bring the following information with you in order to expedite the admission process:
- A picture ID, such as a driver's license
- Your insurance card
- Your contact information (addresses and phone numbers)
- Your identifying information (date of birth and Social Security number)
- Emergency contact information
- Medical history, including current medications
- Physician orders, if given to you
- Your advance directives, if you have one prepared
Personal Items and Valuables
We recommend that you bring a few items from home to make your stay here a little more comfortable, including comfortable shorts and shirts, pillows and slippers. We advise that you do not bring valuables with you (expensive jewelry, watches, credit cards and cash). Because most electrical devices interfere with patient care and safety, leave items such as curling irons, radios and heating pads at home.
Any valuables that accompany you may be stored in the hospital safe. All valuables retained in the possession of the patient are done so at their own risk.
Please note that the use of cellular phones is authorized only in designated areas—the cafeteria, waiting rooms and the lobby. Please advise your visitors of this rule as well. Bedside phones are provided for your convenience.
Unless specified by your physician, please do not bring any medication from home. The nursing staff will, however, need a list of all medications you take, including the strengths and how often you take them. This includes all medications at home and over-the-counter drugs.
We encourage friends and family members to visit during regular visiting hours. Having a loved one in the hospital is stressful for patients and loved ones. Getting a good night's sleep is usually done best when the room is quiet, or for visitors, at home. If there are special circumstances, overnight stays will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Your physician will meet with you and determine that you are ready to be discharged. Feel free to ask any questions regarding your condition or care needed after discharge at that time. You may need to receive additional treatments or medication prior to discharge and may have to wait until all treatment is complete.
You will also receive written discharge instructions from your nurse including medication information and follow-up instructions relevant to your condition. Please take the time to review all instructions and we encourage you to ask your nurse to clarify any concerns you have.