How to Prepare for Admission and Discharge

Admission and Discharge can be the most stressful times of your hospital visit. Being prepared ahead of time can make things go more smoothly at the beginning and end of your stay in the hospital.

Your Registration Checklist

To make registration as quick and easy as possible, we ask that you bring certain items with you when you come.

*If you would like your parish to know that you are in the hospital, please inform the parish before going into the hospital or, once hospitalized, ask your nurse or pastoral care representative to notify your church.


What to Bring to Registration


  • Picture ID (passport, license) or military ID
  • Current address, phone number, etc.


  • Primary care physician information (name, address, phone number)
  • Physician's orders
  • Prescription information


  • Insurance card(s)
  • Insurance referral and/or pre-certification approval numbers
  • Co-pay or deductible
Admissions & Discharge

Where to Register

General Admissions & Outpatient Services
Location: Main hospital, first floor
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 717-763-2757

Emergency Department
Location: Main hospital, first floor
Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Phone: 717-763-2397 or 717-763-2396

The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit
Location: Main hospital, ground floor
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Phone: 717-763-7563

Outpatient Surgery
Location: Main hospital, second floor
Hours: 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (after hours report to General Admissions)
Phone: 717-972-6970 until 1:30 p.m.; 717-763-2757 from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

Preparing for Discharge

Before you leave the hospital, ask your doctor:

  • To explain the treatment plan you will use at home
  • Whether or not you will need any assistance while recovering. Your options for short-term care at home include:
    • Skilled nursing services
    • Transportation
    • Assistance with meal preparation, housecleaning and personal hygiene

To find out more about your short-term home care options, contact our Social Services staff at 717-972-4936, or Holy Spirit Home Health Care, our home health services provider, at 717-972-4663.