Planning ahead can help make a hospital stay easier for the whole family. Learn what steps you can take now to get ready.

Get ready for your hospital stay

Know your costs

Learn ahead of time what costs to expect.

Know where you'll spend the night

In most units, up to two family members or loved ones may stay overnight in your room. Check with nursing staff in your unit.

We are happy to help other family members and visitors make arrangement for overnight accommodations.

Bring entertainment

You and your loved ones might want to bring books, magazines and electronics with headphones to help pass the time. We also have comfort and activity carts that make the rounds in our waiting areas. You and your family can get activities, books, puzzles, personal hygiene items and snacks from these carts.

Make arrangements for while you're away

If you know you will be in the hospital for a while, make arrangements with friends or neighbors to take care of things at home. Find help to feed and walk pets, make sure bills get paid, pick up mail and water plants.