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For Your Safety & Security

Advance Directives

An Advance Directive, including a living will, is written in advance of an incapacitating illness. An Advance Directive can state a patient's desires about treatment, or it may name someone to make such choices if the patient becomes unable to make those decisions.

When admitted to the hospital, all patients are asked if they have an Advance Directive. If you have an Advance Directive, please provide a copy to our staff. Whether you do or do not have an Advance Directive will not alter our commitment to provide you with the highest quality care. Each patient, on admission, is given information regarding Advance Directives.


All medications you take while you are in the hospital must be prescribed by your doctor, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse. Patients are not permitted to administer their own drugs or keep personal medications at their bedside. After your nurse records your medications, they will be kept by our staff until you are ready to be discharged, or they will be given to your family to take home.


Cigarettes and other smoking products are strictly prohibited throughout the Deaconess campus. Neither patients nor visitors are permitted to smoke in any patient room or bathroom.

Fire and Disaster Drills

For your protection, Deaconess regularly conducts fire and disaster drills. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and do not be alarmed. The drills help our staff stay prepared to deal with emergency situations. If an actual emergency occurs, you will receive instructions on the safest way to proceed.


When you are admitted to the hospital, an inventory of your belongings is completed. Your valuables and their safety are important to us. For your own protection, we encourage you to limit the belongings you keep at the hospital to personal care items. If you do have money or other valuables with you, those items may be placed in the hospital safe for your convenience or sent home with a family member. Please ask a staff member for assistance if you need to place items in the safe.