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Hospital Patients

At Community Memorial, we do our utmost to make patients and visitors feel welcome. In addition to looking out for your well-being and safety, we also want to make sure you’re well informed about our hospital’s organization, procedures, and regulations. This section contains handy information for before, during, and when leaving the hospital.

Preparing for Your Stay

A hospital stay can be made more pleasant when you know what you need and what to expect.

What to Bring with You

  • A list of your medications including dosage and times ― if you bring your medication bottles instead of a list, send the medications home with your family AFTER the doctor or nurse has reviewed them
  • A list of your allergies
  • Advance Health Care Directives about your healthcare
  • Any forms the doctor gives you to bring
  • Toiletries: toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo, comb, etc.
  • Glasses or contact lenses and supplies
  • Robe, non-skid slippers, and loose-fitting clothes
  • Photo identification, insurance and/or Medicare cards, required forms or deposits
  • Any assistive device (cane, walker, etc.) that you currently use, labeled with your name and address

Community Memorial cannot be responsible for breakage or loss of dentures, eyeglasses, hearing aids, or other such items. When not in use, these items should be placed in a protective container. You may obtain a container for dentures from your nurse. Do not leave these items on dietary trays or put them in linen or paper towels, which may accidentally be thrown away.

    What to Leave at Home

    • Any electrical appliances, including computers and hair dryers—they are fire hazards.
    • Valuables ― Community Memorial Hospital cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage to your valuables (jewelry, money, etc.)
    • Hairspray, gels, mousse, etc. should be avoided prior to surgery

    Community Memorial cannot be responsible for loss or damage to jewelry, money, or other valuables kept in your room. We strongly advise you to leave valuables at home or send them home with a member of your family. If that is not possible, you may give valuables to your nurse.

    Advance Health Care Directives

    We believe every person has the right to accept or refuse any medical treatment and complete an Advance Health Care Directive. An Advance Directive allows you to put your healthcare wishes and values in writing, as well as designate someone to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. You may also ask your doctor to complete a POLST form, which clarifies your wishes for end-of-life care.