Your Accommodations

Patient Introduction
Admission Process | Accomodations | Your Hospital Team | Food Service
Your Safety and Security | Visitor Information | Patient Rights | Patient Responsibilities
Special Services | Billing and Insurance | Going Home | Staying Healthy


Rooms

Most rooms are now private to ensure the most comfortable setting for our patients. The hospital is equipped to provide you with the most up-to-date medical facilities, technologies, education, and treatment in a comfortable, nurturing atmosphere of patient-centered care.

Your Hospital Bed

Hospital beds are electrically operated and your nurse will show you how to work your bed properly. Your hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bedside rails are for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day if you're resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain medications.

Room Temperature

A thermostat is located in each room for individual patient comfort. Please contact your nurse if you have any problems regulating the room temperature.

Calling Your Nurse

A button to call your nurse is located at your bedside. When you press the button, a request is sent to your nurse. A staff member will respond to your request as soon as possible.

During the Night

Please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange surroundings and sleeping medications may create a hazard if you get out of bed. For assistance during the night, use your call button.

Television

Color televisions are provided in each room. Please be considerate of other patients by playing televisions softly and by turning off your sets at bedtime. Please contact the nursing staff if you experience problems with your television. Closed caption is available.

Telephones

Telephones are provided in each room, except on critical care units. Local calls may be made at any time from the room by dialing "9" and the number. Long distance calls must be placed with the hospital operator and should be charged to your residence phone, calling card or made collect. Long distance calls cannot be charged to your room. Public telephones are located in the corridors for visitor use.
Your family and friends can call you in your room by dialing 256-233-9 and your room number. For example, to call room 300, dial 233-9300. You may call the hospital operator by dialing "0" at any time for assistance.

Leaving the Unit

If you want to leave the unit, please check first at the nurses' station to make sure your doctor has given approval and to let the staff know where you can be reached. It is important to stay in your room until your doctor has made rounds and treatments have been completed. You may not go outside the hospital for any reason (including smoking) without written orders from your doctor.