Each patient is different, and your physician has a specific program outlined. Your plan will include instructions about your care following your visit, diet, medications, recommended activities and normal routine.
Before your procedure or observation begins, you will have the opportunity to meet with the team of nurses that will be caring for you, as well as your anesthesiologist, and surgeon - all of whom are an integral part of your care team.
Upon arriving at Indiana University Health North Hospital, you are encouraged to park at the surgical specialties (north) entrance of the facility. From there you will enter the grand atrium and head south towards the registration area. If you need a wheelchair, please ask the guest relations associate at the welcome desk to assist you.
Your scheduled hospital stay will begin at the admitting area located near the blue elevators in the grand atrium. Admission specialists will answer any questions you have about your hospitalization, verify insurance information, correct any missing and correct any missing or inaccurate information.
Please be prepared to show a photo ID. Bring all of your insurance information with you. You will be asked to sign and agreement permitting us to bill your insurance company and guaranteeing final payment of your hospital bill.
Admission for Observation
Your physician may decide to admit you to the hospital for observation following surgery, short-term treatment or to administer tests. You will be registered to a private patient room.
A typical stay for observation is less than 24 hours, although it may be extended. Observation is an outpatient service even though you may be in a bed in the hospital and stay overnight. If you have insurance, your outpatient co-pay deductible rates will apply.
Admission for Surgery
You, or your child, will be given an identification bracelet, and will be directed to elevators that will take you to the second floor where you will check-in at the reception desk in the surgical services waiting area.
Each patient and each surgery is different, and your physician has a specific program outlined. Your plan will include instructions about your care following surgery, diet, medications, recommended activities and normal routine.
Before surgery, you will have the opportunity to meet with the team of nurses that will be caring for you, as well as your anesthesiologist, and surgeon - all of whom are an integral part of your care team.
Arrival time for surgery is generally one-and-one-half hours prior to surgery. However, your arrival time will be determined by your surgeon and pre-admission testing nurse, and will be assigned during your pre-admission testing consultation. We will also provide you with a courtesy reminder call as to the time and date of your surgery.
If you must cancel your surgery, please do so at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time by calling your surgeon's office.
Patient Condition Report
Our associates respect your family's right to privacy and will not release any information, including your presence within our facility, without your consent.
If you do provide consent to offer information to family and friends, we will not release diagnosis or other medical information about you.
Only parents or guardians of patients can call a unit nurse directly to get a detailed condition report. Ask your child's nurse how and when you should call for these reports.