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Admissions

Admission Process

Your admission to the hospital was requested by your physician, who is a member of the hospital medical staff. Unless you are an emergency patient, the time for admission is between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is especially important for patients scheduled for surgery the next morning.

Your admission can be arranged in advance by your physician. It is necessary that your physician's office obtain precertification from your insurance company before you are admitted. If this is done, you are to come by the hospital and complete the necessary forms before the day of your admission. This will expedite the completion of your registration and help prevent delays when you arrive. Please bring with you your information for Medicare, Medicaid, insurance cards, and your driver's license.

All patients are admitted, rooms assigned, and treatment administered without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.

Permits for treatment and/or operations must be signed by each patient or next of kin. Permits for minors must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Financial Arrangements

At the time of your admission, it will be necessary that you or a representative make satisfactory arrangements for payment of your hospitalization. If you do not have insurance, or have limited coverage, you will be expected to make a cash deposit. If you see difficulty in paying your bill, we urge you to contact our business manager prior to admission and make necessary arrangements.

If you have insurance, bring your Blue Cross, employer group or other membership card with you at the time of admission. Patients who are eligible for Medicare or Medicaid or other Federal, State of local assistance programs should present their membership cards and proof of eligibility upon admission. Medicare and private insurance may not cover the greater part of your bill, so at the time of admission you will be required to pay the difference between your coverage and your total bill.

Your hospitalization coverage is a contract between you and your insurance company. We will cooperate to the fullest in expediting your claim; however, you are ultimately responsible for your account. Hospital insurance plans do not normally provide full coverage of your hospital bill. You will be expected to pay the difference between your coverage and your total bill.

Your hospital bill will not include your attending physician's bill or specialist's fees. Professional fees will be billed separately by the attending physician or specialist. You will also receive separate bills from the radiologist, anesthesiologist, and pathologist if imaging services, anesthesia services, or laboratory services are provided.