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Preparing for Hospitalization

Thank you for choosing Coastal Communities Hospital. We take pride in providing you with quality service in a caring environment. We will do everything we can to make sure that your hospital experience is a smooth and comfortable process and that all your questions are answered.
To help you prepare, we've provided a list of items that you should and should NOT bring to the hospital. We've also included information on advanced directives.

What to bring
  • Your health insurance card and your spouse's, if applicable
  • All insurance forms and paperwork, e.g. pre-authorizations
  • Valid driver's license, state identification card or passport
  • Advanced Directive documents if you have them
  • Any outside lab test results and pertinent x-rays not taken at this hospital
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Clothing for your stay in the hospital and loose, comfortable clothing for your discharge
  • Your eyeglasses or hearing aid - do not bring contact lenses
  • If you wear dentures, you may be asked to remove them before surgery & they will be returned when you leave the recovery room
  • Reading and writing materials and other personal items you'll want during your stay
What not to bring
  • Do not wear any face or eye makeup
  • Jewelry
  • Valuables
  • More than $20 cash
Coastal Communities Hospital cannot take responsibility for loss of these items.
Advanced Directives
Advanced Directives are written instructions you make regarding your treatment should you be unable to speak for yourself. The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare allows you to designate someone to speak for you if you become unable to make decisions about your care. On admission, adult patients are asked if they have a current Advance Directive. If so, the directive is placed in the patient's medical record. You are not required to have an Advanced Directive in order to receive care. Please click here for more information on Advanced Directives.