Whether you're a patient staying in our hospital or visiting one of our outpatient clinics, the information below may help you prepare for your appointment or stay.
Prepare for an appointment or inpatient stay.
Common facts and questions that might apply to you.
Q: How do I prepare for an inpatient stay?
Q. How do I schedule an appointment?
Q. What should I bring to my first visit?
A. Bring any or all of the following, if it pertains to you:
- Relevant medical and immunization records
- A list of all the medications you’re taking
- A photo ID
- Insurance card
- Applicable co-payment
It’s important to bring your insurance card because health plan benefits and financial obligations vary depending on specific coverage. Please bring any applicable co-payment.
Plan on arriving 20 minutes before your first appointment to complete paperwork.
Q. Will they accept my insurance?
A. Most healthcare benefits plans are accepted. Please contact your doctor’s office prior to your appointment.
Q. What should I do if I am running late or cannot keep my scheduled appointment?
A. Contact your doctor’s office as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and will try to reschedule your appointment for a time that fits your schedule.
Q. What should I do if I have an urgent medical problem?
A. In the event of an emergency after office hours, call your doctor’s office. A physician is always on call during the hours the office is closed. Leave a message with the answering service and we will return your call as soon as possible.
If you believe someone has a life-threatening problem, call 911 immediately. If you go to the Emergency Department, you should take vital information including your primary physician’s name, any medication you are presently taking, and a list of all known allergies.
Q. Who should I contact if I have insurance or billing-related issues?
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Q. How can I get a referral to a specialist?
A. Contact your physician to discuss your need to see a specialist.
Q. What should I do if I need a prescription refilled?
A. For medications or medication refills, please contact your pharmacy and ask that they submit an electronic request to your provider or you may submit a refill request through your My Tower Health account. Please plan on 48 to 72 hours for the processing of your prescription request.
Q. May I request copies of my medical records?
A. Yes. Please make this request at your doctor’s office. You may be charged a fee for this service. Learn more about requesting medical records.
Q. How do I transfer my medical records?
A. Your doctor’s office will give you the necessary forms to complete for a transfer of your medical records. You may be charged a fee for this service.
Q. Who should I contact if I have a comment or complaint?
A. Patient satisfaction is very important to us. All of our practices have forms available for you to share comments, both positive and constructive. These comments are collected by a third party to maintain your privacy.