Day of Surgery

Before You Leave Home

  • Do not bring items of value to the hospital. This includes cash, credit cards, checkbooks, valuable clothing and jewelry.
  • Limit visitors on admission to two people.
  • At the time of surgery, you may be asked to remove your glasses, contacts, dentures and/or hearing aid. Bring a case for their safe storage.
  • Bring comfortable clothes to wear home (loose things with buttons, soft elastic and drawstrings; slip-on shoes).
  • All jewelry must be removed prior to surgery. This includes any body piercing. If you have a ring that cannot be removed, let the nurses know when you are admitted. For your safety, it may be necessary to cut off the ring.
  • You may continue to wear acrylic nails with a pale polish.
  • For patients staying overnight after their procedure, you may bring a robe, slippers, and toiletries with you. You may also bring items from a previous surgery, such as a breathing exerciser or support hose. Please leave your overnight bag in the car until your surgery is over and you are settled into your hospital room.
  • For patients having an outpatient procedure, you will need to have a responsible adult drive you home after surgery.

Surgical Procedure Area (SPA)

The SPA is where you will check in on the day of your surgery. It is located on the third floor of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Parking is available in parking garage S, located immediately north of the main hospital.

Patients served in the SPA admitting area include one-month old infants through senior adults. A nursing assessment and health history are combined to formulate a plan of care for patients undergoing a surgical procedure within any specialty, diagnostic gastrointestinal endoscopy, nerve block, photo dynamic therapy (PDT), bronchoscopy, electro convulsive therapy (ECT), or nerve conduction studies of botox injection.

Registered Nurses admit patients by assessing/reassessing pain level, health history, updating medical history, updating surgical/anesthesia history, and coordinating patient-specific information to complete the patient chart prior to a procedure.

Phase II staff care for patients who will be discharged the same day following a surgical procedure, a local anesthetic, or moderate sedation. The SPA staff will provide discharge teaching for patients and families, verbally and in writing. Patients receive prescriptions, along with written discharge instructions from the anesthesia staff, and specific physician instructions according to procedure performed. The staff also follows up with patients via phone 24 hours post-operatively.

Tobacco-Free Campus

Both campuses of Sacred Heart Medical Center are tobacco free. Tobacco use is permitted only beyond designated property boundaries. Please check with nursing or volunteer staff regarding our tobacco-free policy implications.

Waiting Area for Loved Ones

There are family lounges throughout the RiverBend campus. Upon admission, ask your nurse which would be the best place for family or friends to wait.

SmarTrack Patient Tracking System

We recognize that loved ones may be worried while waiting for your surgery to be completed. In order to keep them better informed, patient tracking monitors are located in all waiting areas and the cafeteria.

On the day of your surgery, you will be assigned a tracking number that can be provided to your family members. This number appears on the patient tracking monitors and enables loved ones to follow you as you move through the surgical process.

SmarTrack can also be accessed via the Internet for family members who are not able to visit the hospital. The Internet address is You can reach it from the RiverBend home page by clicking on the "For Patients, Families and Visitors" tab, and then select the "SmarTrack - Surgery Patient Tracking" under the "For Friends and Families" headline.

Visitors are Welcome

Sacred Heart has no set visiting hours. Visitors are welcome at any time on many units. Some units do limit visiting hours to protect patients’ rest. Check with your nurse.


The CMN-Lions Patient Family Guest House provides low-cost lodging for a limited number of families. This is located near the University District campus. To inquire, call (541) 685-1970.

Discounted lodging is available from participating area hotels and motels.