Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

As a patient, whether you will be staying with us or are having an outpatient procedure or test performed, you should consult with your physician or their healthcare team for answers to your questions and receive the proper steps to prepare for your visit.

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Patients should plan to arrive on time, or even a little early, so that you won't be rushed as you park and come into the hospital. This will also allow us more time to process your insurance and billing information correctly.

For outpatient visits, patients should try to arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow for registration. For inpatient procedures, please arrive by the specific time requested by our admitting staff or your physician's office.

To make your visit easier, remember to bring:

  1. Your health insurance card.
  2. Picture identification, such as a driver's license.
  3. Referral and/or authorization forms, if required by your insurance company.

To prepare for your hospital stay it is also important to:

  • Bring a family member or friend for support. 
  • If you have one, bring your Living Will, Medical or Durable Power of Attorney, or Health Care Proxy form. 
  • Bring all insurance cards. Bring a driver’s license or a photo I.D. card. 
  • Bring a list of all your medicines, but leave the medicines at home. The list should include over the counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Use the space on the back of this sheet. 
  • Bring a list of all your doctors and what you see them for. Use the space on the back of this sheet. 
  • Bring names and phone numbers of your caregiver, family, and close friends in case you need to call them from the hospital phone. 
  • Bring a pen and pad to take notes. 
  • Leave all valuables at home, such as money, jewelry, or watches.

Items to Bring For Your Personal Comfort and Relaxation:

  • Be Aware - You are responsible for anything you bring from home. 
  • Toiletries, if you have allergies or if you prefer your own. 
  • Deodorant. 
  • Books, puzzles, personal electronics. Be sure your name is on everything. 
  • Glasses, hearing aides with extra batteries, and dentures with adhesive should have a case clearly marked with your name.

If you are having surgery:

  • Know why you are having surgery. Ask to have it explained in plain language. 
  • Read pre-surgery instructions from your doctor and follow them. 
  • Wear loose fitting clothing and shoes that are easy to get on and off. 
  • Ask how long you might expect to be in the hospital. 
  • If out-patient surgery, be sure you have someone to drive you home and spend the night with you. 
  • Ask your doctor what your special needs will be at home after the surgery.