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Preparing for Your Stay

We are committed to providing exemplary healthcare while you are at Plains Regional Medical Center. For patients who will be admitted for longer stays (inpatients) or patients who will be admitted for short-term care, such as procedures or observation (outpatient), our Inpatient and Outpatient Admission booklets are available to download at the links below. We are proud to offer these paperless options as an environmentally friendly choice.

The Importance of Patient Identification Bands

To ensure appropriate care for you during your hospital stay an identification band must be worn at all times. Identification bands are used to assure the proper medication and/or procedure is being administered to you.

Please check your identification band for:

  • Correct spelling of your name
  • Correct birth date

If you do not have an identification band, or an item is incorrect on your identification band, please notify your nurse.

Valuables

We request that you send your valuables home since the hospital cannot assume responsibility for lost items. If you have misplaced a personal item during your hospital stay, you may contact the Security Department.

Financial Information

When you are discharged, the amount of your bill may not be complete, as tests and services given on the last day of hospitalization have not been added to your account by the time you leave the hospital. A final bill will be mailed to your home within 10 days after your discharge. Your hospital bill will not include your physician's fees or the fees of certain specialists, such as an anesthesiologist, or the fees of consulting specialists (pathology fees will be included).

Remember that an insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company, and you are responsible for your account. We will cooperate to the fullest in filing your claim.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services participates in the Medicare and Medicaid programs and adheres to all applicable regulations.

Birth Certificates

See the nursing staff in the Women’s Unit for birth certificates and Social Security applications for newborns. Or contact the New Mexico State Health Department for a copy of the birth certificate you need.