Patient and Visitor Information
Thank you for selecting Madison County Memorial Hospital as your medical care provider. Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible while following the medical care plan designed for you by your physician. Your health and comfort are important to us and the aim of our nursing staff is to meet your needs and exceed your expectations with compassionate and caring service.
We believe that teamwork is one of the keys to delivering excellent care. Our skilled professional nurses oversee and coordinate twenty-four hour patient care in order to achieve the most favorable outcomes. Our team of professionals work with the patient, family, physician, community resources and other health care professionals to promote the highest level of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.
Outgoing local calls may be made from your bedside phone at any time, without charge to you. Incoming calls from friends and relatives may be made directly to your room between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. So that patients can rest, incoming patient phone service is not available each evening between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
To place a local call from your room please dial 9 followed by the number. Long distance calls must be either collect or charged to a credit card. Long distance calls cannot be billed to your room.
Things to Avoid
- We urge you to send jewelry, credit cards, keys, important papers, and large amounts of cash home with a family member for safekeeping. If you must bring valuables with you, you are encouraged to have the nursing staff inventory your valuables and deposit them in the hospital safe.
- Do not keep medications at the bedside. While you are in the hospital, we are required by law to dispense all of your medications.
- Do not bring alcohol or other drugs
- Do not bring electronic gadgets such as laptop computers, cell phones, etc., unless first inspected and approved by the hospital engineering department. Some electronic equipment can interfere with the delicate telemetry monitoring stations in certain areas of the hospital.
Things to Remember
- Bring your physician’s orders or other paperwork with you, if you were given any.
- Bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
- Bring your insurance card(s). We must verify that your insurance coverage has not changed each and every time you visit.
- Please bring a complete list of the medications and dosages you are currently taking. This list should include all your over-the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal preparations.
- It will be very important for the nurses and physician’s to know any allergies or intolerances to any medications that you may have.
Please call ahead if you have any questions regarding your visit with us.
Patient Belongings and Valuables
Patients and visitors are responsible for all personal belongings. Madison County Memorial Hospital is not responsible for replacing lost or misplaced items, so we recommend you bring only essential items to the hospital and offer the following tips to help keep your personal items secure:
- Clothing: Storage space in patient rooms is limited. A robe and slippers are necessary for patients. Hospital gowns are provided. We suggest that clothing worn to the hospital be sent home with family/friends and that appropriate clothing be brought to the hospital shortly before patient discharge. If you are in the Swing Bed program, it is recommended to bring comfortable day to day clothing and appropriate fitting shoes.
- Denture Care: Patients are asked if they wear dentures or bridges and, if so, a staff member will provide a denture cup to store them in when not in use. The cup will be labeled with the patients name. Please avoid placing dentures on a meal tray, under a pillow, on the sheets or in any concealed place where they may be lost or accidentally thrown out.
- Hearing Aids: Hearing aids should be kept in the original case provided upon purchase. If the original case is not available, nursing staff will provide a container labeled with patient name to store the aids in when not in use. Do not leave aids unprotected on the bedside or over-bed table.
- Eyeglasses: Glasses are best secured in a case with patient name on it when not in use. To prevent loss or damage to eyeglasses during hospitalization, patients are asked not to leave them unprotected on the bedside table, in a robe pocket or on the bed.
- Wheelchairs, Walkers, Canes: Please put your name on all necessary items that are brought to the hospital including wheelchairs, walkers, and canes.
- Valuables: Please leave all valuables at home or send them home with a family member or friend upon admission to the hospital; this includes jewelry, watch, cash, and credit cards, wallet, purse, camera, or any other item that would be considered a loss if misplaced. Madison County Memorial Hospital is not responsible should a cell phone, laptop, or iPad be lost during your stay. If family members are not present, valuable items should be given to the nursing staff to be secured in a valuables envelope and locked in the safe. They are not to be kept at the bedside. A receipt will be provided for collection of the items upon discharge.
- Medications: Bring a current list to the hospital of medications the patient is taking. This includes herbal and over the counter medications as well as prescription medications. If a list is not available, bring in the medication containers for the pharmacist to view. The containers can then be taken home by a family member or friend or stored by the pharmacy, for retrieval prior to discharge. Medications brought in from home are not to be kept in the patient room.
General Visitation Rules
All visitors may park in any parking spot they choose other than those properly identified for staff only.
We will provide updates as guidelines change. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we face these challenging times together.
Additional General Visiting Requirements:
- Smoking is not permitted in the hospital.
- Visitors may be asked to leave while hospital personnel are performing a medical or other hospital procedure.
- Visitors in Isolation Rooms must be instructed on isolation procedures prior to entering an isolation area.
- Persons with signs of illness, or exposure to an infectious or communicable disease are encouraged not to visit hospitalized patients. Family and friends may be a source of infection for patients.
- Visitors should not touch lines/drains/tubes, open wounds/sores, or dressings utilized on or by the patient.
- Visitors should not bring food or beverages to patients without permission from the * Physician or Charge Nurse.
- Visitors and patients are asked to speak quietly and to avoid unnecessary noise, so as not to disturb other patients.
- Visiting privileges may be modified at the discretion of the nurse based on patient’s needs.
All rules are subject to change.
Advance Directives / Living Wills
There are times that medicine today has the ability to keep people alive for extended periods of time, even in hopeless situations. For many, this is of great concern and a frequently asked question is, “How can I be sure this does not happen to me?”
If you are at least l8 years of age and of sound mind, there is something you can do to make your wishes known. You can execute an Advance Directive/Living Will. This document can then speak for you if you are unable to do so for yourself, it gives you a way to tell your wishes to those who need to know.
Upon admission you will be given information regarding your healthcare options should you become seriously ill and are not able to speak for yourself. You will be offered the opportunity to complete an Advance Directive/Living Will.