Preparing for Your Hospital Visit

Be informed

The first step you should take towards preparing for your hospitalization is to make certain that you understand your condition and treatment program. Being aware of what is going to happen will help to relieve some of your anxiety, and will better prepare you to deal with the experience. Your doctor is there to make sure you understand your care, so be sure to ask any questions you may have. It might be helpful to write down questions so that when you call or visit your doctor, just to be sure you'll remember them.

What to bring, and what not to bring:

Clothing

All patients are provided with hospital gowns during their stay. When appropriate and approved by the nursing staff, personal bed-clothes, may be worn instead. There is limited space in the closets in patient rooms for storing street-clothes during your stay.

Blankets, pillows, linens, and gowns

Blankets, pillows, linens, and gowns are provided to all patients as part of the basic room charge. Contact your nurse when you arrive at your unit if you have any special linen requests or needs.

Electrical appliances

We ask that you do not bring electrical appliances with you to the hospital. When necessary, special arrangements for appliances can be made through hospital nursing units during your stay.

Toiletries

All patients are furnished with basic toiletries as part of their room charge. Contact your nurse if specific or additional items are desired. The Medical Center gift shop, located on the lobby-level, sells a full range of personal hygiene items if you desire specific additional toiletries while in the hospital.

Valuables and belongings

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you to the Medical Center as we cannot guarantee their security during your stay. A closet is located in every patient room for storing any necessary personal belongings that you do bring.