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Preparing For A Hospital Visit

If you are coming to an Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center facility you should be aware of some important information before arriving.

Preparing for your Child's Hospital Visit

Before Coming to the Hospital

Your physician's office should provide you with specific information about preparing for an upcoming procedure or hospital stay but we offer some general tips and reminders.

Preparing for a Scheduled Procedure

If you or a loved one is scheduled for a procedure, make sure to get specific instructions from your doctor, physician and nurse. Any information they give should be recorded for future reference.

Listed are some of the standard requirements for most procedures but additional directions should be provided by the physician or physician's office:

  • Closely follow instructions about eating and drinking prior to the procedure
  • Leave valuables at home - the hospital is not responsible for lost goods
  • Verification that services scheduled are covered by your insurance provider
  • Insurance notification and authorization is obtained if required
  • Insurance providers are "in network" for your health plan

Many health plan providers will decrease the amount they pay if all requirements are not met so please be sure to follow all directions carefully.

Safety at the Hospital

We think it's important for you to take an active role in your healthcare safety. To help you, we offer information about making your medical visits safer and more productive. Please follow the links to learn more:

Where to Park

Free parking is available in the North Ramp and South Ramp connected by skywalks to the hospital and other buildings on campus. Go to our campus maps and parking page to learn more.

Locating a Facility or Doctor

Browse our facility and physician directories to find additional location details.