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Admission Guidelines

Upon entering the main entrance at UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center, patients and visitors will approach the information desk and be directed to the next available admitting clerk.

The admitting clerk will need the patient's name, telephone number, address, next of kin, physician, a photo identification and insurance information. The patient's physician will have submitted orders for the tests to be completed and information concerning the patient's stay.

Obstetric patients may pre-register so when they arrive they are taken directly to the Kintzinger Women's Health Center for evaluation and preparation for delivery of the baby. Contact the obstetrics care coordinator by email or by calling (641) 236-2324 with questions.

For inpatient admission, the patient will be escorted to the medical unit for room assignment.

For outpatient procedures, the patient will be offered a wheelchair and escorted to the service area, typically laboratory, radiology, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation services or dietary education.

What to Bring to the Hospital (and What Not to Bring)

We suggest you bring an accurate list of all medications and supplements, including doses you currently take. You may also want to bring a robe, slippers, toothbrush, shaving equipment and other personal items. If you forget a personal care item such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo or comb the hospital can provide that for you.

When not in use, dentures, contact lenses and eyeglasses should be placed in protective containers.

Depending on your condition for admission, you may want reading materials, DVDs, or personal music players. We have wireless internet access so you may use a computer in your patient room. We also remind guests to bring their cellular phone chargers.

Items to Leave Home

Please do not bring jewelry, credit cards, bankcards, more than a few dollars in cash or other valuables.