Telephones are at each patient's bedside. To make a local call, dial 9 to get an outside line, then dial the number you wish to reach. Long distance or collect calls require the operator's assistance. Patients may receive phone calls until 10:00 p.m. Patients can request all or some calls be held to provide them with rest.
Meals times are approximately 7:30 am, 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm. The Diet Aid visits most patients daily to distribute menus and get food selections for the next meal. Patients may call 6326 to find out daily specials. Please notify the nursing staff of any special diet requirements. The amount of food and fluid intake by many patients is monitored. Therefore, it is important to check with the nurse before giving outside snacks or meals to the patient.
Please do not bring valuables to the hospital. If possible, limit your belongings to clothing and toilet articles.
Please be very careful with your glasses, hearing aids and dentures. Keep those items in their proper storage cases when not in use.
All medications you take during your hospitalizations must be dispensed by our Pharmacy. Personal medications are not allowed at the bedside. We encourage you to leave your medications at home. However, your medications may sometimes be stored in the Pharmacy and dispensed by the nurse with your physician's order.
HIPPA AND PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY
With the enactment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), a patient's right to have his or her health information kept private and secure became not only an ethical obligation of FHMC physicians and staff, it became the law. Under HIPPA's privacy and information security sections, it is illegal to release health information to inappropriate parties or to fail to adequately protect health information from release. Therefore, it is important for you the patient and your family or friends to choose a *contact person* that staff can relay information to. Protecting patient privacy is essential to the mission of FHMC and its family of Dignity Health hospitals.