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Day of Admission

After your physician schedules you for a procedure or surgery, you will be provided with the date and time. You have the option of preregistering to help expedite the process and feel more comfortable and prepared on the day of admission. Please visit our Admission Process page for step-by-step instructions. If you have not preregistered, you will still have an opportunity to bring and sign required documents when you arrive.

Whether you have preregistered or not, please arrive at the hospital two (2) hours before your scheduled procedure or surgery. Check in at the Main Lobby Information Desk located on the first floor where you will be routed to the appropriate registration area. Our Patient Access Services staff will greet you and finalize your registration.

Your Documents and Other Information

If you preregistered and provided all required documents, you only need to bring your identification, and if applicable, AICD or pacemaker cards. If you have not already preregistered, bring the documents and other items listed below, as it applies to you:

  • Orders given to you by your physician's office.
  • A valid, unexpired government-issued identification card with your photo. We will also need your current address, telephone number, and name/address of your employer if you have this information.
  • Social Security numbers. Social Security information is often required for patient and spouse.
  • Health insurance plan. If you have one, bring the name of your plan and insurance identification card(s), including your prescription drug card. If a pre-authorization from your insurance company for the surgery or procedure was required, please bring a copy of it.
    • Medicare patients. If you are a Medicare patient, bring your identification card and be prepared to provide retirement dates for patient and spouse.
    • Pediatric admission. If a child is being admitted, bring the parent's insurance identification card and be prepared to provide birth dates and social security numbers of patient and parents.
  • Payment for out of pocket costs. If you have an out of pocket cost, you will be required to provide a form of payment before your procedure or surgery. All forms of payment are accepted (cash, check or credit card).
  • A list of medications and allergies. Make a list of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and any herbal medicines, vitamins, and supplements. Note how often you take them and how long you have you been taking them. Also include a list of allergies, including any foods, insects or any other product that may cause an allergic reaction.
  • AICD or pacemaker card. Either bring the original or a copy that includes the front and back.
  • Laboratory reports, and other required reports or documents. See below.
  • Equipment that is needed for your surgery. This may include BIPAP and CPAP machines.

Signed Forms That We Require

You will also be asked to provide signed forms before we can complete your admission. See Step 3 on our Admission Process page to download and pre-sign them. If you do not bring them, our staff will provide you with copies to review and sign when you arrive. These documents include:

  • Conditions of Admission
  • Advance Health Care Directive
  • Authorization to Release Protected Health Information
  • Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Patient Rights & Responsibilities
  • Special consent forms. If you are having surgery, you also will be asked to sign a special consent for your surgery and the administration of anesthetics during the admission process. If you are a parent for a minor or a legal guardian, you must sign these consent forms.

Document You Will Receive

Our Admitting staff will provide you with a letter explaining that any physicians' fees will be billed separately from the hospital bill. This includes bills from such specialists as the pathologist, radiologist, anesthesiologist, cardiologist, etc. These specialists are independent physicians and are not employees of the hospital.

What Happens Next

Once you have completed the admission process, you will be escorted from the waiting area to your room. If you are having surgery, you will stay in the Surgical Pre-preparation Unit. We try our best to remain on schedule and will let you know if your surgery is delayed because of an emergency or your physician has been detained.

If you have any questions regarding your admission, please contact the Patient Access Services Department at 818.902.2907.