What to Expect

Life's uncertainties can leave you feeling confused and apprehensive. At Baptist, we want all of our patients to feel knowledgeable and empowered. 

The best way to ensure a safe, relaxed visit to the hospital is to be prepared.

Below you will find information that will ensure you are ready for your visit. If you have any feedback about your hospital stay or any non-medical questions, please  use this form to contact us. We welcome your feedback.

How to prepare:

For a visit to the hospital

Do I need to complete additional paperwork when I arrive at the hospital?

Yes, upon arriving at the hospital admissions department you will be asked to complete more forms.

Here are some of the forms you might be asked to complete:

  • Authorization to Release Protected Health Information During This Admission
  • Consent for Treatment and Conditions For Admission
  • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices

Do I need pre-testing done prior to my scheduled surgery date?

You are encouraged to get pre-admission testing done 2-10 days BEFORE your surgery. Your physician will order specific tests based on the procedure, your age and your medical condition.

These tests usually include:

  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • EKG
  • Chest X-ray

This will help minimize any delays or postponements. Check with your doctor to see if this applies to you.

What do I need to bring to my pre-admission testing visit?

  • Insurance information, including your insurance card
  • Valid picture identification
  • Form of payment to cover any co-pays and/or deductibles
  • Lab and/or X-ray results done recently at another facility
  • Any Advance Directives 

Where do I check in? 
This will depend on which Baptist Health System hospital you are being admitted to and the reason for coming. Your doctor will give you admission/check-in instructions.

Where do I check in?

This will depend on which Baptist Health System hospital you are being admitted to and the reason for coming. Your doctor will give you admission/check-in instructions.

Preparing For Your Surgery

Life's uncertainties can leave you feeling confused and apprehensive. At Baptist, we want all of our patients to feel knowledgeable and empowered. 

The best way to ensure a safe, relaxed visit to the hospital is to be prepared.

Below you will find information that will ensure you are ready for your visit. If you have any feedback about your hospital stay or any non-medical questions, please  use this form to contact us. We welcome your feedback.

How to prepare:

For a visit to the hospital

Do I need to complete additional paperwork when I arrive at the hospital?

Yes, upon arriving at the hospital admissions department you will be asked to complete more forms.

Here are some of the forms you might be asked to complete:

    • Authorization to Release Protected Health Information During This Admission
    • Consent for Treatment and Conditions For Admission
    • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices

Do I need pre-testing done prior to my scheduled surgery date?

You are encouraged to get pre-admission testing done 2-10 days BEFORE your surgery. Your physician will order specific tests based on the procedure, your age and your medical condition.

These tests usually include:

    • Blood test
    • Urine test
    • EKG
    • Chest X-ray

This will help minimize any delays or postponements. Check with your doctor to see if this applies to you.

What do I need to bring to my pre-admission testing visit?

    • Insurance information, including your insurance card
    • Valid picture identification
    • Form of payment to cover any co-pays and/or deductibles
    • Lab and/or X-ray results done recently at another facility
    • Any Advance Directives 

Where do I check in? 
This will depend on which Baptist Health System hospital you are being admitted to and the reason for coming. Your doctor will give you admission/check-in instructions.

Where do I check in?

This will depend on which Baptist Health System hospital you are being admitted to and the reason for coming. Your doctor will give you admission/check-in instructions.

How should I prepare for my visit?

    • If you are staying overnight pack your sleepwear, footwear and other personal items you may need.
    • Leave any valuables such as jewelry, purses, cellphones, wallets, cash and credit cards at home.
    • Know your co-pays, deductibles and co-insurances.
    • Check with your health insurance company to understand the portion you will need to pay to your healthcare providers.

How do I get directions to the hospital?

Visit Maps & Directions for more information.

Do I need to bring my current Advance Directive?

Please see our Advance Directive section by clicking here.

Preparing For Your Surgery

Do I need to stop taking any of my medication in preparation for surgery?

If you are taking any aspirin products or blood thinners (such as Coumadin, Lovenox, Plavix, Advil, Motrin, or Aleve), tell your physician, as these may need to be stopped before your surgery.

What if I become ill?

If you develop a cold, persistent cough, sore throat, fever or other illnesses within two days of surgery, please notify your physician.

What food and drink restrictions must I follow in preparation for surgery?

    • Eat a light dinner the evening before your surgery and do not drink alcoholic beverages.
    • DO NOT eat or drink anything including water, chewing gum and mints after midnight the night before your surgery, or as instructed by your physician.

Will I be able to drive home after surgery?

Make arrangements to get a ride home after your surgery with a responsible adult. Buses and taxis are NOT acceptable. You are not allowed to drive the day of surgery and afterward should wait until you have clearance from your doctor.

Do I need to bring my current Advance Directive?

Please see our Advance Directive section by clicking here.

Preparing For Your Child's Surgery

What do I need to bring the day of my child’s surgery?

    • Insurance information, including your insurance card and a valid I.D.
    • Any laboratory tests and/or X-rays you obtained from another facility
    • Documentation of legal guardianship if you are not the parents of the patient
    • Any Advance Directives 

What if my child becomes ill with a simple cold?

    • A child who has nasal congestion, sneezing, or a dry cough may undergo surgery safely in nearly all cases. However, the final decision lies with the anesthesiologist. As a general rule, a child who is too ill to go to school is likely to benefit from delaying surgery.
    • If your child has a fever or productive cough, or has been exposed to chickenpox, measles, or mumps, please call our office so we can assist you with rescheduling.

What food and drink restrictions must my child follow in preparation for surgery?

    • No solid food, dairy products, candy, or gum after midnight the night before surgery.
    • Clear fluids may be given up until two hours prior to surgery (clear fluids include water, Pedialyte, Gatorade, ginger-ale, Sprite, apple juice, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, and popsicles without fruit pieces).
    • Breast milk is permitted up to 4 hours prior to surgery, but no whole milk of any kind.
    • Formula is permitted up to 6 hours before surgery

Do I need to bring my child's current Advance Directive?

Please see our Advance Directive section by clicking here.

The Day of Surgery

What do I need to bring the day of surgery?

    • A complete list of all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. You may take any required medications the day of surgery as advised by your physician. Always take your blood pressure medicine with a small sip of water, unless your physician instructs you otherwise.
    • A case for glasses, contacts, and/or dentures
    • Insurance card
    • Valid I.D.
    • Form of payment
    • A copy of your Advance Directives 

If you are staying overnight, please bring any items that will make your stay comfortable, including any personal hygiene items you may need.

When should I arrive at the hospital on the day of surgery?

Please arrive two hours before your scheduled procedure, unless your physician instructs you otherwise.

Am I permitted to bathe, brush my teeth, and wear make-up and body piercings?

You may bathe or shower (using antibacterial soap) and brush your teeth before coming to the hospital. It is advised that you limit makeup and remove all body piercing and jewelry.

What happens immediately following surgery? Will I be allowed to see friends and loved ones?

After surgery, the time you spend in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) will depend on the type of procedure and your response to the anesthesia. Visitors will be restricted at this time, but your nurse will keep them informed.

Who do I contact if I need to cancel my surgery?

If you need to cancel surgery please notify your physician and the hospital as soon as possible.

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

Do I need to bring my current Advance Directive?

Please see our Advance Directive section by clicking here.