Inpatient Information


Useful Information Prior To Your Procedure

  • YOUR PHYSICIAN WILL PROVIDE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS - Your physician will provide you with specific instructions for your procedure including, but not limited to, the date and time of your appointment.
  • PHYSICIAN RECOMMENDATIONS - Your physician may recommend that you have risk assessment (medical clearance) by a HackensackUMC physician to determine how well you will tolerate a procedure based on your medical condition.
  • YOU NEED TO NOTIFY YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY - You and your physician must advise your insurance company of your scheduled admission and/or surgical service. Many insurance companies require pre-certification prior to admission date. Please contact your insurance company at least three days prior to the surgery to confirm that the service has been properly pre-certified and that the pre-certification number has been obtained. If it has not been obtained, contact your physicians office and inform them. PROPER PRE-CERTIFICATION WILL ENSURE THAT YOUR SERVICE WILL NOT BE POSTPONED.Medicare and Medicaid patients do not require pre-certification.
  • NOTICE OF HEALTH INFORMATION PRACTICES - If this is your first visit to Hackensack University Medical Center, you will be given a copy of our Notice of Health Information Practices . The notice describes how information about you may be used or disclosed and how you can get access to this information.
  • THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS WITH ANESTHESIA /SEDATION - If you have been informed by your physician that you will be given general anesthesia or sedation, you may not operate a car. Please make arrangements for transportation to and from the hospital.
  • DO NOT BRING ANY VALUABLES – Jewelry and other valuables should be left at home. If you are staying overnight, you only need personal essentials such as robes, slippers, glasses, dentures, etc.
  • PRE-ADMISSION TESTING – If the surgeons office instructs you to have pre-admission testing at the Medical Center, please call to schedule an appointment at 551-996-2099.
  • INFORMATION ABOUT “SPEAK UP” IS AVAILABLE - Ask us about the “Speak Up” program, sponsored by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Documents Needed on the Day of Admission

Our goal is to help you get settled and feel comfortable as quickly as possible. On the day you arrive at Hackensack University Medical Center, you will be greeted by an Admissions and Registration receptionist. Please have with you:

  • CURRENT INSURANCE CARD(S)- including Medicare and the current month's Medicaid card.
  • SEPARATE FORM OF PHOTO IDENTIFICATION- such as your driver’s license, Passport, etc, that shows proof of address as well.
  • COPY OF YOUR ADVANCE DIRECTIVE (LIVING WILL)If you do not have one, we will provide you with information regarding an Advance Directive.
  • THE PATIENT AT HOME MEDICATION LIST- should be completed and brought with you.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY INFORMATION (the guarantor- the person responsible for the bill)
  • MILITARY MEDICAL CARD (if you are a veteran)


Advance Directives

Advance directives are documents you create to describe the extent of medical treatment you want to receive—or not to receive—should you become unconscious or too ill to communicate. Though the topic may be difficult to discuss, your wishes are important. We recommend that you discuss advance directives with your spouse, other family members, physicians, nurses, and clerics while you are feeling well and thinking clearly.

There are two common types of advance directives:

  1. Individual instructions, otherwise known as a “living will,” give specific information about procedures you would like or not like to be performed if or when you become terminally ill.
  1. The durable power of attorney for health care decisions gives a proxy (someone you have appointed) the power to make health care decisions for you. The power of attorney will not go into effect until it has been determined that you can no longer communicate your wishes yourself.

Please bring a signed Advanced Directive with you to the Medical Center.

For more information about advance directives or to obtain the necessary forms, contact the Admission Services Center at (551) 996-2101 or call the Office of Pastoral Care at (551) 996-2345.

If you will not be at home the day of admission and/or the evening prior to admission, please contact us at 551-996-2101 to provide us with a telephone number where you can be reached. In addition, if you have a cell phone, please provide us with your number. We may need to call you regarding schedule changes.

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