Preparing for Elective Surgical Procedures
Your physician will make initial arrangements for your preadmission testing appointment and your surgery. Because this appointment is a critical component of the preadmission process, it is important to make every effort to keep it. Shortly before this meeting, an admitting representative will call you to obtain all information pertinent to your hospitalization. If you need financial counseling, you will be referred at this time.
To help us better serve you, please bring the following materials to your preadmission interview:
- Picture identification (driver's license)
- Any papers given to you by your physician's office that may include doctor's orders or laboratory slips
- A list of medications that you are taking, including dosage and frequency
- Your insurance cards, forms, and any other insurance related information
- Your Advanced Directive (health care proxy), if applicable
Our staff is trained to make your hospitalization comfortable. Your nurse can address any questions or concerns you may have. Basic items are provided for your hospital stay. If you have forgotten something, many necessities are available in the hospital's gift shop, located on the ground floor. Please be sure to label items that are essential to your comfort, such as eyeglasses or dentures, so we can help you easily locate and identify them. Valuables such as jewelry or large amounts of cash are best left at home while you are hospitalized. Please remember that the hospital cannot be responsible for personal items brought to the hospital by you or your family.
Our preadmission testing program is designed to ensure that all patients receive the highest quality of care. This evaluation takes place before the day of your procedure and includes any tests ordered by your physician, as well as an interview with a registered nurse and anesthesiologist. The preadmission testing staff is responsible for coordinating the essential medical information and reviewing results from any tests you may have had. Please allow approximately two hours for this comprehensive process. If you have special needs or special requests, you may let us know about them during the preadmission process.