What to Bring

Insurance and related information, including:

  • All insurance cards
  • Medicare or Medicaid cards, if applicable
  • A list of your current medications
  • Any medications you are currently taking, in the original bottle (only if you are staying overnight)
  • A list of any allergies
  • Photo identification (driver’s license, military or government issued card)
  • Birth certificate copy for minors
  • Employer information for worker's compensation claims
  • Information on the person responsible for the bill
  • Automobile insurance card, if your visit is the result of an automobile accident
  • Personal information such as phone numbers, addresses and emergency contact information
  • Your doctor's full name, address and phone number
  • Pre-authorization, referrals and/or any other information regarding why you are at the hospital
  • A copy of your advance directive
  • Your health history, including past surgeries, hospitalizations and allergies

Personal items

  • Hearing aides and extra batteries
  • Assistive devices (walker, cane)
  • Shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, denture cup, comb or brush, shaver, lip balm, lotion
  • Your favorite slippers and robe
  • Phone calling card if you think you'll need to make long distance calls
  • Reading material (books, magazines)
  • Somebody to drive you home, especially if you are having an out-patient procedure

What Not to Bring

  • Money, valuables, credit cards, purse or wallet
  • Jewelry, including body piercings
  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Video games
  • Food (we cannot store food for you)