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Staying Overnight

Download the Checklist to help plan and prepare for your procedure and/or admission

What to bring with you

Regardless of your type of procedure, please bring:

  • Your photo ID. If you do not have a photo ID, please bring two other forms of identification.
  • Your insurance card and co-pay, if applicable
  • A list of all prescriptions and over-the-counter medications you take, including the dose and frequency.

What NOT to bring

Please leave jewelry (including engagement rings and wedding bands), cash and credit cards, contact lenses, and other valuables at home as we cannot be responsible for these items. If you brought any of these valuables with you, please send them home with a loved one.

If you must bring dentures, eye glasses, hearing aids or similar personal items, please place them on your bedside table or in your bedside table drawer. Frequently, patients leave these items on their beds or food trays, and if fresh linens are put on the bed or the tray is removed, these items are lost.  If you do lose an item, please inform your nurse and contact the


Ask your doctor if you need to modify or change any of your medications prior to the procedure/admission.  This should include a discussion of prescription and over-the-counter medications (including aspirin) you take routinely and whether any adjustments should be made in the days prior to or on the day of your procedure.

Eating, drinking or other restrictions

Also be sure your doctor explains if you should modify your diet, fast (go without eating or drinking for a certain period of time), or if there are other changes or restrictions that you will need to follow prior to your procedure. In many instances, not following these instructions can lead to cancellation of your procedure.  

Releasing information about your condition and care

There are specific guidelines around who can receive information about your condition and care and who cannot. We have both a legal and moral responsibility to protect your confidentiality. Specific federal legislation, called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), places guidelines on how a patient's health information can be used or disclosed and stored.

Because of this, we may not be able to provide information to visitors or people who may call to ask about your condition. Please speak with your nurse and discuss whether or not you want information released about your condition. You may consider designating one friend or family member as your "point person" to receive information about your condition to be relayed to friends and loved ones.

About cell phone use

Please remember that our hospital is for the sick and hurt - we are a place of healing. Be considerate when using your cell phone and follow these few rules:

  • Set your phone to silent or vibrate. Keep your voice low and phone conversations to a minimum.
  • Patients and visitors may use cell phones except in posted, restricted areas.
  • Two-way radios or push-to-talk phones cannot be used within ten (10) feet of patient equipment.
  • Some areas of the hospital require all cell phones to be OFF. Watch for signs that restrict use, especially in our patient care areas.
  • Taking photos with camera phones is not allowed.
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