Preparing for Hospitalization 
 
 
 
 

Thank you for entrusting your health care to Atlanta Medical Center. We take pride in providing you with quality service in a caring environment. We will do everything we can to make sure that your hospital experience is a smooth and comfortable process.    

We'd like to do all we can to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible and that all your questions are answered. To help you prepare, we've provided a list below of items you should and should NOT bring to the hospital. We've also included information on admitting hours, consent for treatment and advance directives.

What to Bring

  • Your health insurance card and your spouse's, if applicable; all insurance forms; and paperwork, e.g. pre-authorizations.
  • Valid driver's license, state identification care or passport.
  • Advance directive documents if you have them.
  • All medications you are taking in their original containers.
  • Any outside lab test results and pertinent X-rays not taken at this hospital.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Clothing for your stay in the hospital and for your discharge.
  • Your eyeglasses or hearing aid.
  • Reading and writing materials and other personal items you'll want during your stay.
  • If desired, cash to pay for newspapers, gift shop articles and other items. Not more than $20 is recommended.
  • Credit card number and expiration date (NOT the credit card itself).

If you are going to ICU/CCU, limit personal items to those that are absolutely necessary, such as a robe, eyeglasses, hearing aid or other prosthetics. We'll provide you with slippers and grooming items. 

If you forget any of these items, please ask your nurse for assistance, or you may ask a family member to bring the item from home. 

What Not to Bring

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

Atlanta Medical Center cannot take responsibility for loss of these items.

Should items of value be brought to the hospital, we recommend they be deposited in the safe in our Admitting Department. Notify Admitting or Nursing Staff of the items to be deposited and be sure to ask for a receipt, or send the items home with a family member.

Admitting Hours: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
During other hours, please register in the Emergency Department.

Consent for Treatment
You will be asked to sign a consent-for-treatment form giving us permission to treat you.

Advance Directives
Advance Directives are written instructions you make regarding your treatment should you be unable to speak for yourself. The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare allows you to designate someone to speak for you if you become unable to make decisions about your care. On admission, adult patients are asked if they have a current Advanced Directive. If so, the directive is placed in the patient's medical record. If not, an informational pamphlet and form are available. Request for the pamphlet and form may be made through the Admitting Department at (404) 265-4170. You are not required to have an Advance Directive in order to receive care.