Preparing for Admission

Thank you for entrusting Mid-Columbia Medical Center with your care. Our professional, caring staff will do their best to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible. With our home-like atmosphere and employees and volunteers committed to your comfort and satisfaction, we are certain that you will understand what it means to be a Planetree hospital.

To help you prepare for your stay, here is a list of items you should and should not bring with you to the hospital:

What to Bring

  • Your health insurance plan card.
  • Your prescription insurance plan card.
  • Personal identification (valid driver’s license, state identification card or passport).
  • HMO/PPO referral forms (if required).
  • Any outside medical records, X-ray films, or prior test results not taken at MCMC (if your physician has requested them).
  • Written letter of authorization from your insurance carrier (if you are covered by worker’s compensation)
  • A copy of your advance directive or living will.
  • All medications you are taking in their original containers.
  • Any essential personal items, such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids, walker or wheelchair.
  • Personal hygiene items you may need.
  • Clothing for your stay and discharge.
  • Reading and writing materials if you wish.
  • If desired, cash to pay for newspapers, gift shop articles and other items. No more than $20 is recommended.

What Not to Bring

  • Credit cards
  • Jewelry
  • Valuables
  • More than $20 in cash

For your security and the safety of your personal belongings please leave any valuable items at home or with family or friends. Mid-Columbia Medical Center has no provisions for the safekeeping of your money or valuables and cannot be responsible for loss or damage of your personal belongings.