Admission to Memorial Medical Center
Before Your Hospital Stay
Insurance plans vary widely in their coverage and requirements for notification of in-hospital care. Please check with your insurance company prior to your visit to see if you are covered for services at Memorial Medical Center.
To save time the day of your admission, you can preregister online. Please register at least 48 hours in advance of your procedure or stay.
When you arrive at Memorial Medical Center, please be sure the following items are with you.
- Online registration confirmation
- Government-issued photo-identification, such as a driver's license or state photo ID (not required for children)
- Current health insurance information, including primary and secondary insurance cards
- Physician orders, prescription for care and/or primary care referral
- Financial payment, co-pay and/or deductible
- Advance Directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for healthcare, if you have one
You must wear the wristband you receive during admission for your entire hospital stay.
Upon admission, we will provide you with a copy of your Patient Rights.
What to Bring for Your Stay
- Personal toiletry articles
- Robe, pajamas or gown
- Glasses, dentures, hearing aid or any other assistive devices you may need
- List of medications, dosing and schedule, you take on a routine basis
- Any instructions your doctor may have provided
- Small amount of cash ($5 or less) on hand to purchase newspapers, magazines or items from the gift cart
Dentures, eyeglasses and other personal belongings should never be left in areas where they could be misplaced or lost. When personal belongings are not in use, they should be placed in bedside storage areas.
Before your procedure, your personal items will be placed in a plastic bag and given to your loved ones. They will return these items when you're assigned to a room after your procedure.
Do Not Bring
- Jewelry, large amounts of cash or credit cards. If such items are brought to the hospital, you may deposit them in the Security Department and pick them up upon discharge. Valuables may be retrieved by presenting your receipt to Security. It is important to note that Memorial Medical Center cannot be responsible for personal belongings including jewelry, valuables and money during hospitalization.
- Electrical appliances, such as hair dryers, shaving equipment or radios. We ask this for safety reasons; all electrical equipment in the medical center is specially grounded and checked for the protection of all patients.
- Medications. Only medications prescribed by your physician while you are in the hospital will be administered. Do not bring medications unless specifically requested by your physician.
Preparing for Surgery
Patients having surgical procedures will be sent to the Pre-Operative Holding Area once the physician and the Operating Room are ready.
Before surgery, a nurse will ask that you sign permission for the procedure. The anesthesiologist will discuss with you the safest kind of anesthetic for you and will answer any questions.
The scheduled time for surgery and the actual time in surgery can vary. Delays or revisions to the Operating Room schedule might change the start time of your surgery.
Depending on your care needs, you may be monitored with a heart monitor, blood pressure device and an oxygen sensor. If you are to receive intravenous (IV) medication, an IV will be started.
At the completion of your procedure, your physician will meet with you or call your family members. If you are having a cardiac catheterization procedure, the cardiologist may not meet with your family until after reviewing the films later the same day.
After the Procedure
If you have a surgical procedure, you will go to our main recovery room known as the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Your condition will be monitored by a registered nurse and an anesthesiologist. When you are awake and stable, you will be transferred to an inpatient care unit or you will be discharged. A volunteer in the waiting area will notify your family and friends of your room number so they may join you.
Patients having non-surgical procedures will be taken to the appropriate post-procedure care area after completion of the procedure.
If you are having your procedure as an outpatient, you must have a responsible adult drive you home from the medical center. If you have received anesthesia (including IV sedation, blocks, spinal, epidural or general anesthesia) someone should stay with you the remainder of the day and night.
Please follow all instructions given to you by the medical center staff and your physician. If you have any questions, please call your physician.
Read more about returning home after your hospital stay.