Patients & Visitors' Guide
What to Bring . . .
To make your stay comfortable, all you need are a few personal
- Nightgown or pajamas
- Toiletry items, including toothbrush
Any toiletry item you forget, we can supply. Hospital gowns are
available, but you may be more comfortable in your own
pajamas. If you use a walker or a cane, please label it
clearly and bring it with you.
Your bathroom is equipped with an emergency cord if you need
assistance. Pulling the cord signals the nurses' station and
summons help to your room.
Your bed is specially designed to ensure comfort and safety.
Each bed contains side rails for your protection; please do not try
to lower the rails or climb over them. Don't take unnecessary
chances, ask your nurse for help in getting up and out of bed.
You may bring small, battery-powered appliances such as razors and
radios. Electrical equipment can be hazardous unless properly
grounded, so the use of personal electrical equipment is
prohibited. The hospital electrician can approve special
equipment as safe. Please ask the unit secretary on your
floor to make these arrangements for you.
Each patient receives an identification bracelet. This
bracelet allows hospital personnel to positively identify
you. It protects your health and safety. Please keep
this bracelet on your wrist throughout your stay.
We understand the special needs of our younger patients, and
welcome and encourage parental overnight stays. Feel free to
bring your child's favorite toy or comfort item labeled with his or
her name. We do everything possible to help comfort and relax
our young patients. If there is anything you need, please
contact your nurse.
Medications should not be brought from home. Your physician
will prescribe any necessary medication from the hospital
In keeping with our health promotion philosophy and commitment to
a clean environment, smoking is prohibited within and on the
campuses our hospitals.
Televisions are provided in each room for your enjoyment.
Television captioning is also available for the hearing
impaired. You can activate this feature by pressing and
holding the "caption" button on the front of your TV. The
word "caption" will appear on the TV screen when it has been
You may wish to keep small amounts of money for newspapers or
personal items, but cash and other valuables should be sent home or
deposited in the hospital safe.
Your room contains most of the items necessary for a comfortable
hospital stay. Your nurse will explain the controls for the
bed, lights, nurse call system and television.