Your admission to Mendocino Coast District Hospital was requested by your physician who is a member of the hospital medical staff. During the admission process and throughout your stay, you may be asked many questions by our personnel. This information is necessary and we appreciate your cooperation as we work together as a team to make your stay as effective and comfortable as possible.

Admission Policy

It is the policy of Mendocino Coast District Hospital to admit and to treat all patients without regard to race, color, national origin or handicap.

Consent Forms and Interpreter Services

Permission for treatment and surgeries must be signed by each patient or by next of kin. Parents or guardians must sign for minors. For non-English speaking patients, Mendocino Coast District Hospital will provide an interpreter, whenever possible. For information about interpreter services, you may ask a member of our nursing staff.

Valuables

Mendocino Coast District Hospital does not assume responsibility for loss of or damage to valuables, clothing or other personal items. We strongly advise you to leave your valuables at home. If this is impossible, you should deposit such items in the hospital’s safe. If you have dentures, eyeglasses or contact lenses, please keep them in a protective container when not in use. Mendocino Coast District Hospital is not responsible for loss or damage of these articles.

Advance Directives

Mendocino Coast District Hospital supports the right of a patient to exercise responsibility in the health care decision making process. Federal law mandates that all adult patients admitted to Mendocino Coast District Hospital will be given information regarding current Advance Healthcare Directive for personal review. Hospital employees are not permitted to witness in writing the execution of an advance directive, nor are they permitted to discuss with a patient or a patient’s family/friends issues or concerns beyond hospital policy or medical terminology.

Medications

If you did not bring your medications taken at home, have a family member bring them as soon as possible. We will make a list for your chart and have your nurse send them home with your family. Please do not take any of your own medications while in the hospital.