Your room assignment at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg is based upon your admitting diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission.
Private (single bed) and semi-private (two bed) rooms are available. Whenever possible, we will attempt to honor your requests for specific room accommodations.
Your Hospital Bed
Hospital beds are electronically operated. Your nurse will show you how to operate yours properly. The hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home, so bedside rails have been added for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day if you're resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain medications.
All rooms in the hospital are centrally heated and air-conditioned. You may regulate the fan speed of the equipment in your room so the temperature is comfortable for you..
Calling Your Nurse
A button to call your nurse is located at your bedside. When you press the button, the nursing station is alerted that you need assistance, and a staff member will respond to your signal as soon as possible.
Telephones are provided in each room for your use. To make calls within the hospital, dial the three-digit department or room number. For local calls, dial 9 and then the number. You are not charged for local calls.
Long distance calls may be placed by charging them to your home phone, collect to a third- party or to a telephone charge card. This can be done by dialing 9 + 0 + Area Code + Phone Number.
Incoming calls through the hospital's main switchboard will be transferred to your room between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
You may instruct friends and relatives to call you directly by dialing 232-0 + your room number. For example, the telephone number for a patient in room 600 would be 232-0600.
We understand that cellular telephones are an important way to stay in touch when a loved one is in the hospital. For your convenience, cellular telephones are allowed in most areas of the building. We ask that cell phones be switched to the off position if you are near cardiac monitoring equipment, or if you are in areas of the Heart Center, ICU-CCU, Surgery and Women's Services.
For your protection, the medical center conducts fire and disaster drills regularly. If a drill occurs during your visit, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed. The hospital is a fire-resistant building and the staff is trained in fire protection.
All medications that you take while in the hospital are 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 during their hospital stay.
Special regulations are in effect in areas where patients are receiving oxygen. Some electronics are prohibited in rooms where oxygen is in use or on standby. If you have questions or specific concerns, please contact a member of the Respiratory Care staff.
Patient Identification Bands
A patient identification band is placed around the wrist of each patient. The band allows hospital personnel to verify your name, patient number and physician's name. For your safety, please do not remove the patient identification band until you are discharged from the hospital.
You should limit items brought to the hospital to only those needed during your stay. You may bring your own pajamas, night gown, robe, slippers and toiletries. Please do not bring excessive jewelry or cash.
Valuables and cash should be given to the admitting personnel or your nurse for placement in the Medical Center's safe. You will be given a written receipt for all items placed in the safe. You must present this receipt to withdraw them from the safe. Patients assume responsibility for any valuables kept in their room.
All electrical appliances (hairdryers, electric shavers, etc.) brought to the medical center must be approved for use by the bio-medical engineering staff. Please ask your nurse to notify bio-med staff before using these items.
To avoid losing eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures etc. during your stay:
- Use a denture cup labeled with your name (your nurse can provide one for you.)
- Place personal items inside a drawer when not in use.
- Do not leave items on your food tray.
- Do not wrap items in napkins or tissue.
- Do not place items in your pockets or under your pillow.
If you lose something, please notify your nurse immediately. Unclaimed articles are collected in the Materials Management Office. To inquire about lost articles, call this office at EXT. 268 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
As a provider of healthcare in this community, we wish to maintain the most effective environment possible in which to deliver health services. A no-smoking policy has been adopted for the safety, health and individual rights of all patients, visitors and employees in compliance with the state statute regarding smoking in medical facilities.
Patients, visitors, employees and students are not permitted to smoke on our campus at any time.
Staff Photo Identification
All Via Christi Hospital employees are required to wear a photo identification badge while on duty. ID badges include the employee's photograph, name, professional initials and department name. If someone refuses to show you his/her identification, please contact your caregiver immediately.
Wheelchairs are available on all nursing units but, getting in and out of them without assistance can be hazardous. Please ask for help from a member of the hospital staff.