Admitting Patient     Stay and Recovery


Admitting

Thank you for choosing Madison Memorial Hospital!

If your admission has been scheduled in advance, you may pre-admit by phone or in person at the hospital admitting office, located near the main entrance.

If your visit is an emergency or if it is after 5:30 pm, admissions are processed at the Emergency Department desk next to the main entrance.

Documentation

During your admission process, you will be asked to provide your insurance card and to sign several consent forms. You will be given an identification bracelet, and we ask that you wear this bracelet at all times. Your room location will be assigned according to the medical care you are to receive.

In addition to bringing your insurance card, please have your claim forms, social security number, driver’s license, and any other pertinent information. We ask that you bring a list of your medications and include all of the information on the prescription label. Please, do not bring the medication unless your doctor specifically asks you to.

What to Bring

You will need only a few personal items for your hospital stay, such as a nightgown or pajamas, a bathrobe, nonskid slippers, and personal care items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, a comb, and shampoo.

It is against safety regulations to bring any electric appliances into the hospital such as radios, hair dryers, electrical shavers, and coffee pots. Please do not bring jewelry or other valuables. The hospital does not accept responsibility for the loss of personal items.

When not in use, dentures, hearing aids, and eyeglasses should be placed in protective containers since the hospital cannot be responsible for the breakage or loss of such articles.

Additional Resources

Billing Practices for Medicare & Medicaid


Patient Stay & Recovery

If your hospitalization requires that you stay overnight at the hospital, you will be cared for in the Madison Memorial Hospital Medical Surgery Unit.

This is a post-operative care unit designed to accommodate your needs during your stay. All of our rooms are single patient suites, and we always have experienced and caring nurses available to help you.

Also, if necessary, we will provide physical therapy directly to your room to aid you in your recovery process. We also support an open door policy in this unit. If you have any concerns regarding your care, our department director will happily visit your room to discuss them.

Meals

During your stay, you will be visited by a dietitian that will help you plan your meals. Your diet, like the medications, treatment, and diagnostic tests prescribed by your doctor, is an important part of the healing process. Your doctor will order a specific diet during your stay. For this reason, no food should be brought in from the outside or from the Paragon Café without approval.

If you have any questions about your diet, please check with your doctor or nurse. The hospital dietitian will also be happy to instruct you about the details of your diet as a medical treatment. Our dietary department is exceptional with healthy food; however, your comments and suggestions as our clients are wanted.

Medical Records

If patients need to find personal medical information contained in their medical record, they can visit our Health Information Management (HIM) Department on the second floor near the Paragon Café. A copy of their records can then be released to them when the patient signs the proper release form and pays a nominal processing fee. For additional details, please see the HIM Department page or visit the newly released Patient Portal for secure online access to your records and results.

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