Preparing for your Stay

We want to make your experience at Methodist Hospital a pleasant one as we fulfill our commitment to deliver high quality, personal care for you and your family. Here is some useful information designed to help you prepare for your Methodist Hospitals stay.

What should you bring?

  • Please bring your insurance card and valid picture identification.
  • If your visit includes an inpatient hospital stay, please bring a complete, up-to-date list of all medications you are taking (prescription and non-prescription). That includes all vitamins, supplements, herbs, eye drops and inhalers. If you are not able to provide a list, please bring the actual medications with you.
  • If you have an Advance Directive (a Living Will and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare), please bring it with you.
  • A list of important contacts, including emergency names and phone numbers.
  • Your glasses, contact lenses (case and solution), hearing aids, dentures, bridges or partial plates.
  • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and stable, comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring a list of any questions you may have about your medical care. It is important that you and your family be active partners in your healthcare. That means getting involved in your care and your healthcare provider any questions you may have.

What should you leave at home?

  • Jewelry or other valuables.
  • Do not bring a large amount of cash or credit cards.

Other key things to know…

  • Smoking is prohibited at Methodist Hospitals.
  • If having surgery or another outpatient procedure, please arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you the afternoon or evening after your procedure. You will not be permitted to drive yourself home after receiving sedation or general anesthesia.

During Your Stay

Excellent healthcare depends on a partnership of the patient and the healthcare team. To ensure that every patient receives the best care, everyone must take a role in patient safety, including you and your chosen family member or friend. Ask questions; invite your family and visitors to ask questions.

Important hospital safety measures you can help us with:

  • Remind your visitors and the staff, if necessary, to clean their hands when they enter and leave your room. (link to JC Speak Up program: 5 things you can do to prevent infection)
  • Ask for help when getting out of bed--even just to go to the bathroom. We don’t want you to fall. (link to JC Speak Up program: Reduce your risk of falling)
  • Help us check your identification band every time we give you care or treatment.
  • Keep special colored-wrist bands on--each color tells your caregiver about a special need. (link to patient pamphlet from the IHA wristband toolkit)
  • If you’re having surgery, help the surgeon make a clear, accurate mark indicating where your surgery will be. (link to JC Speak Up program: Help avoid mistakes in surgery)
  • Speak up if you have questions or concerns about any medications that you are taking while in the hospital. When being discharged, make sure you understand the medications you need to take after you leave the hospital. (link to JC Speak Up program: Help avoid mistakes with your medicine)
  • Ask questions if you don’t understand what you need to do after discharge. (link to JC Speak Up program: Planning your follow-up care)

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