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Getting Checked In

What to Bring

Please bring your own toiletries and select personal items with you when you are admitted. The hospital can also provide these at a small charge.

Please bring:

            • personal toiletry items (toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, hand lotion, facial tissue, lip balm, etc.)
            • pajamas or nightgown (a hospital gown will be provided)
            • robe and slippers
            • up to $10 cash for incidental gift shop or newspaper purchases

Other important items to bring:

   • An accurate list of all medications ­­ you are taking, reason for taking, dosing schedule and name of pharmacy where medication is filled. Keep this record with you at all times. If there isn't time to make a list, you may bring your medications in their original containers. You will be asked to have a family member take your medications home directly after being reviewed by a physician or nurse. In some instances you may be specifically asked to bring your inhaler, medications for diabetes management, CPAP machine, etc.
   • a list of any allergies and detailed information about previous reactions
  • insurance card(s)
 
• copy of your Advance Directive

 • telephone calling card for long-distance calls
 
• eyeglasses or contacts*
 
• dentures, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, glucose meter*

* Glasses, contact lenses, dentures, hearing aids and prosthetic devices must be kept in their cases in a secure place when not in use. If you do not have a case for your dentures, please ask your nurse to provide one. Dentures wrapped in a tissue or paper towel and left on meal trays can easily be discarded by accident. We can not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Please do not bring any of the following with you to the hospital:

            • credit cards and cash over $10
           
• valuables and jewelry
           
• electrical items*

* If you do bring an electrical item, it must be safety checked by a member of our Clinical Engineering staff before it can be used. Your nurse can contact Clinical Engineering.

 

Online Pre-Admission
To make the admitting process easier, we encourage you to pre-register by visiting www.gshs.org. In some cases, a pre-admission representative will contact you.

Admission
When you arrive at Good Samaritan Hospital, unless otherwise instructed, report to Admissions, which is just to your right after entering through the revolving door. A representative will ask you for certain necessary information to accurately complete your medical record and to make financial arrangements. Please be assured that all of the information given will be handled confidentially. Your room assignment will be determined by the type of medical treatment  that you are to receive and by room availability.

About Your Hospital Bill
Certain procedures and tests ordered by your doctor require the assistance and expertise of additional physicians such as radiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, cardiologists. Because these physicians do not work directly for the facility, insurance laws prevent us from adding their charges to your bill. It is important to understand that you will receive a separate bill from these physicians for their interpretation of tests or performing procedures. All questions about physicians’ bills should be referred to those individual physicians’ offices. If you have questions regarding your Good Samaritan Hospital bill or would like to make payment arrangements, please call our Patient Financial Services staff at (308) 236-9864 or 1-866-214-5888.

Financial Assistance­­
Good Samaritan Hospital is committed to providing care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. We will assist you and provide you with information on state and federal resource programs. In addition, Good Samaritan Hospital has a financial assistance program. Qualifying for our program or state/federal programs is based on income guidelines and we will work with you and assist in the application process. For more information about financial assistance, you may ask during admissions, speak with a representative at the Patient Financial Services office near our main lobby or dial 7531 from any hospital phone. If you’re calling from home, a Patient Financial Services representative can be reached at (308) 236-9864 or 1-866-214-5888.

Insurance Coverage
During admission, you will be asked for your insurance card. If you fail to present your insurance information at this time, please contact our Patient Financial Services staff by calling (308) 236-9864 or 1-866-214-5888 at your earliest convenience. We can then update your account and/or provide alternative options to satisfy your financial obligation.