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Common Questions Before a Hospital Visit

If you have a scheduled hospital visit coming up, or if you have a loved one in the hospital, you might have a few questions. Here are some of the most common questions and answers to those questions.

Clergy members of all faiths are welcome at the hospital. Chaplains at each Samaritan hospital can assist you in reaching clergy members.
Your doctor will ask your closest relative or individual designated as a health care representative to help make decisions if you are unable. It can be very helpful if you have appointed one person to be your health care representative on your advance directive form. This person will assist the doctor in making necessary decisions.
Advance directives are optional documents. However, if you chose to complete one, it is important that you provide a copy to members of your health care team. Please bring a copy of your advance directive, living will or durable power of attorney to the hospital. A brochure describing all the details of advance directives, as well as an easy-to-fill-out form, is available upon request.
Board-certified chaplains are on staff at each Samaritan hospital and available to offer supportive spiritual care to patients of all faiths. Just ask your nurse to page the on-call chaplain.
Each Samaritan hospital provides notary service. Check with the nursing supervisor for more information.

Family members and friends may call the main hospital phone number and request to be transferred to you. They may also request the direct phone number to your hospital room.

Automated teller machines are located in some Samaritan hospitals. Ask someone on your health care team or go to the Information Desk for more details and directions.

If you experience any communication problems while receiving care, please tell your health care provider about your special needs. We can provide the following:

  • Sign language and foreign language interpreters
  • Closed caption devices for television
  • Amplified phone and TTD (telecommunication device for the deaf)
  • Assistive listening devices
The purpose of an advance directive is to allow you to tell us your future care choices. As a result, your health care team will know what your wishes are in case you become unable to express them. This is an opportunity to put your wishes in writing for when you are unable to make decisions.
Each Samaritan hospital offers a cafeteria where visitors are welcome to dine. Some larger locations also offer small cafés throughout the hospital campus. Ask someone on your health care team or go to the Information Desk for more details and directions.
Being an organ donor will not affect the care you receive. If you are injured or ill and are taken to a hospital emergency room, you will receive the best possible care whether or not you are an organ donor. Donation procedures begin only after all efforts to save your life have failed and death has been declared.