Your Hospital Stay

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Your_Hospital_StayIt's best to pack as little as you can. However, be sure to bring the following items:

- Nightclothes, a bathrobe, and sturdy slippers (put your name on all personal items);
- Comfortable clothes to wear home;- Personal items, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb
  and brush, deodorant, and razor;
- A complete list of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription drugs; details of
  past  illnesses, surgeries, allergies, and relevant family medical history. Please leave your medicines
  at home.
- Your health insurance. In non-emergencies, it's a good idea to confirm your healthcare benefits and
  eligibility with your employer or health insurer before you are admitted to the hospital. You'll want to be
  sure that your coverage is active, what limitations (if any) are present, and that you've followed any
  procedures unique to your coverage, such as notification to your physician or obtaining written preauthorizations.
- A list of the names and telephone numbers (home and business) of family members to contact in case of an emergency;
- A pad and pen to jot down questions to ask; and
- $10 or so for newspapers, magazines, or any other items you may wish to buy in the hospital gift shop.

What Not to Bring to the Hospital

Leave such items as cash, jewelry (including wedding rings, earrings, and watches), credit cards, and checkbooks at home, or have a family member or friend hold them. If you must bring valuables, ask if they can be kept in the hospital safe during your stay. In addition, leave electric razors, hair dryers, and curling irons at home since they may not be grounded properly and could be unsafe.

MODIFIED FROM:
U.S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health

Spiritual Concerns

At the St. Mary's Health System, we are dedicated to total patient care.

Our healing services extend not only to your physical needs, but to your emotional and spiritual needs as well. Our Pastoral Care Department is staffed by four board certified chaplains and a full-time priest. They can provide spiritual comfort and assistance to you and your family. They are there to serve, to listen and to pray with you.  If you wish to contact your own priest, minister, rabbi or imam, the chaplain will be happy to call him or her.

Our goal in Pastoral Care is to help you and your loved ones discover during the difficult time of illness your inner potential for growth, courage and faith.  Pastoral Care staff members attempt to visit every patient in the hospital.

Mass in the St. Marguerite d’Youville Chapel can be accessed in patient rooms at 9:30 every day on channel 2.  For more information about Pastoral Care services, please call 207-777-8520.