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Preparing for Your Stay

At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, we want to help you prepare for your upcoming hospital stay. Below are helpful tips and other information to consider before you arrive.


Your physician will schedule an appointment for you 2-14 days before a procedure or surgery if pre-admission testing information is required. If testing is not required or you did not complete the testing, you may be contacted by a patient representative before you arrive for your scheduled procedure or surgery.

Important Forms

Below are several helpful forms for you to read and complete prior to your hospital stay:

Maps, Directions & Parking

You may find it helpful to review our Maps, Directions & Parking before visiting Valley Presbyterian Hospital. A parking garage for pre-registered patients and patients with physician orders is located adjacent to the hospital on Noble Avenue. Handicapped parking is readily available. Valet parking is not available at this time.

Important Documents to Bring with You

Please bring the following documents or information, as it applies to you:

  • A valid state identification. Be prepared to provide your address, telephone number, social security number, and name/address of your employer if you have this information.
  • A list of medications and allergies. How often do you take medication? How long have you been taking it? A list of allergies is also important. Be sure to include medications, foods, insects or any other product that may cause an allergic reaction.
  • Health insurance plan. If you have one, bring the name of your plan and insurance identification card(s).
  • Social Security numbers. Social Security information is often required for patient and spouse.
  • Completed Advance Directive (Living Will). Use the Advance Health Care Directive link above to download the form.
  • Medicare patients. Retirement dates for patient and spouse.
  • Pediatric admission. Birth dates and social security numbers of patient and parents.

What to Bring for an Overnight Stay

We suggest you bring only those items you will need during your hospitalization. These items might include:

  • Toiletries
  • Robe
  • Essential medical devices, such as hearing aids and dentures
  • Reading material
  • Checkbook
  • A small amount of cash ($10)
  • Small electrical appliances such as shavers and hair dryers are acceptable

What to Leave at Home

Please bring the important documents that you need (see Important Documents section above) and only items you will need during your hospitalization. Leave items such as jewelry, cash (large amounts), electronics, cigarettes and/or tobacco products, and other valuables at home. Electronic appliances, except those listed above, are not permitted in patient rooms for safety reasons. Medications taken at home should not be brought to the hospital unless you have been directed to do so by your physician.

Weapons Prohibited on Hospital Campus

This policy is part of our commitment to the safety of our patients, visitors, medical staff and employees. Weapons, whether concealed or not, are prohibited in all buildings on the Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) campus and off-site buildings operated by VPH. This includes any object used to intimidate or inflict bodily harm, or may be considered a weapon, such as firearms, blades, knives, brass knuckles, pepper spray, scissors, needles, metal files, tools, wallet chains, or handcuff keys. This applies to all persons entering a VPH operated building with the exception of on-duty law enforcement officers with authority to enforce federal, state or county law. All persons entering may be subject to a security screening for any weapons. When entering the facility you will be screened through a security device. Do not bring any items that may be considered a weapon. Additionally, as described above under "Smoke-Free Facility," we are also a non-smoking campus. Do not bring any lighters, matches, vapes or cigarettes, or any items intended to be ignited. They will not be permitted to enter. We do not have the facilities to store any such smoking items, and you will be asked to return them to your vehicle or dispose of them. Should any weapon be found in the possession of a visitor or patient, it will be confiscated for the remainder of their stay.

Medical Marijuana and Illegal Substances Prohibited on Hospital Campus

Our goal in developing this policy is to support safe and effective care, and your cooperation in helping us remain compliant with federal law is appreciated. We recognize that state law authorizes marijuana use in limited quantities for recreational use and for patients with certain medical conditions, however, it is illegal to possess marijuana under federal law. To comply with this law, Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) does not permit use of recreational or medical marijuana in any building on the VPH campus and off-site buildings operated by VPH. This policy also does not permit our physicians to provide certification to patients for medical marijuana while under their care. If a patient or visitor possesses medical marijuana or an illegal substance on VPH premises, hospital Security staff will ask the individual to arrange for its immediate removal. If a patient or visitor is unwilling or unable to remove it, it will be collected and appropriately disposed of in accordance with hospital policy.

If You Are Having a Baby

Please bring the important documents that you need (see Important Documents section above) and only items you will need during your hospitalization. These items might include:

  • Identification card
  • Toiletries
  • Makeup
  • Relaxation items for labor (tennis ball, massage lotion, etc.)
  • Robe
  • Button-down nightgown or pajamas
  • Nursing bra
  • Going-home outfit for mom
  • Going-home outfit for baby
  • Blanket for baby
  • Infant car seat
Visit our Maternity page for more information.