Prepare for a Visit

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

When should I arrive?

For outpatient visits, patients should plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes 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 any paperwork, insurance and billing information correctly.

For inpatient procedures, please arrive by the specific time requested by our admitting staff prior to your visit, or by the time your physician's office requested.

To make your visit easier, remember to bring:

  • Your health insurance card.

  • A picture identification, such as a driver's license.

  • Referral and/or authorization forms, if required by your insurance company.

Items to Bring For Your Personal Comfort:

  • Toiletries, if you have allergies to particular personal care items or if you prefer your own.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 please leave the medicine at home. The list should include over the counter presecriptions, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • Bring a list of all your doctors and what you see them for.

  • 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.