When You Arrive

It is our goal to make your hospital stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible.  You are the reason we are here.  Taking care of your needs is a priority for our team. 

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Pasco Regional, please check in at the main information desk with a volunteer.  You will be asked to complete a brief information card.  Our admitting specialist will greet you and begin the registration process.  You will be given an identification bracelet that must be worn until you are discharged from the hospital.  If this bracelet comes off for any reason, please notify your nurse and ask for a new one.

To prepare for the registration process, please bring the following items with you:

  • Your health insurance card
  • Personal identification (such as driver's license or picture ID)
  • List of current medications
  • List of current physicians and their phone numbers
  • A copy of your advance directives (if you have created one)
  • Any medical records, x-ray films or test (if you doctor has requested them)

If you are having a surgical procedure, a member of our team will escort you and your family to our surgical suite.  As you enter the surgery suite, your family and friends will be given a pager so they can be reached by our staff and your surgeon.  A surgical waiting room is available near our surgery suite for the comfort of your family and friends. 

Depending upon your procedure, you may be directed to an exam room where you will change into a hospital gown.  If you are scheduled for a procedure that requires an overnight stay, your personal items will be identified and taken to the nurse's station on your unit.  Please send home any valuables that you have with you.  If you must keep your valuables at the hospital, we urge you to place them in the hospital safe.

Your nurse may conduct a brief examination, which could include taking your temperature, blood pressure, height and weight, and listening to your heart through a stethoscope.

At some point, your surgeon and anesthesiologist will speak to you prior to surgery.  You will be asked to sign a consent for procedure form if you did not previously complete one in your surgeon's office.

Advance Directives

The Patient Self-Determination Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 1990, requires health care facilities to provide information on "advance directives" to their patients upon admission.  An advance directive states an individual's treatment choices.

It also allows you to name someone to make treatment decisions - to accept or refuse medial care - for you if at some point you cannot make them yourself, and the decision to make, after a person's death, an anatomical gift.  This type of advance directive is often called a "medical power of attorney", a "durable power of attorney" or a "health care proxy".  The person named in this type of advance directive can make all health care decisions for you that you could have made for yourself if you were able, whether or not you are terminally ill, or only those decisions you list.

According to the law, the person you choose cannot make decisions that he/she knows go against your religious beliefs, basic values, and stated preferences.  These documents are signed, dated and witnessed by two individuals and may be completed any time prior to or during hospitalization.

Upon your admission to Pasco Regional Medical Center, you will be asked if you have an advanced directive.  If you do not, you will be offered information on your rights to make advance decisions regarding your medical care.  You do not have to make an advance directive.  The decision is yours to make.

If you do have an advance directive, it is important that we obtain a copy for your medical record.  If you do not have a copy of your advance directive with you, you will be asked to advise your physician and nurse of the content in your document.

At no time will the provision of care be conditioned upon the existence of an advance directive nor will a patient be discriminated against because of the existence of an advance directive.