Patient Information

University Hospital Summerville continually strives to make your time at our facility as pleasant as possible. We know that being in the hospital can be a stressful time for both patients and their family, and we offer many amenities to make your time here more comfortable.

Here are some helpful links:

Admission Information

Welcome to University Hospital Summerville

We are pleased that you and your physician have placed your trust in us to provide your medical care. Our team of healthcare professionals is committed to doing their best to make your visit as pleasant as possible.

Pre-admission Testing
Up to two weeks before your actual procedure, your physician may arrange for you to have tests completed in preparation for your surgery or procedure. You may call for an appointment at 706-774-5777. When you arrive, please be prepared to present a current insurance card and picture ID. At this time, you will also be asked to pay your portion (deductible, co-insurance) toward the services.

Important Documents to Bring
Please bring the following documents or information, as it applies to you:

  • Insurance cards
  • Social Security numbers for patient and spouse, and, if a pediatric admission, for parent and patient
  • Retirement dates for patient and spouse (Medicare patients)
  • Birth dates for parents (for pediatric admissions)
  • If you are being admitted, Living Will and/or Medical Power of Attorney if you have completed these forms. If not, call University's Pastoral Care department at 706/774-5811 to request either or both of these forms.

Please note: Due to the nature of these materials, we suggest that you take time to read and make decisions about them in the quiet of your home, before coming to the hospital. Georgia laws relating to the witnessing of these documents make it difficult to sign them after admission to the hospital. If you need more detailed information, please call University's Pastoral Care department at 706/774-5811.

Parking
Parking is complimentary at University Hospital Summerville. A valid handicapped permit must be displayed in vehicles using handicapped spaces.

Making Informed Decisions During Advanced Illness / Living Wills / Advanced Directives

When recovery from an illness is not expected, patients and families need to consider a multitude of issues, even in the midst of sorrow. Others, seeking to decide what should be done for them when certain catastrophic circumstances arise, often do not know where to turn for information and planning. These issues include living wills and other advanced directives for care.

Both Georgia and South Carolina have laws regarding the establishment of advanced directives in the event a patient becomes incapacitated due to illness.

You can read more about Georgia's laws and download forms regarding your care by logging on to the Georgia Division of Aging Services.

You can read more about South Carolina's laws and download forms regarding your care by logging on to the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging.

Advance Directive Forms

Georgia

Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care

South Carolina

South Carolina Health Care Power of Attorney

South Carolina Living Will

University Health Care System also is proud to offer a link to the "Completing a Life" website created at Michigan State University. This site can help patients and families learn about the practical, emotional, spiritual and medical issues faced by those dealing with advanced illness. With more than 100 topic pages, it invites patients to take charge, find comfort and reach closure through such areas as getting good pain relief and other supportive care talking with health professionals, family communication, writing advance directives and finding answers to spiritual questions. The site offers specific pages for family members and a chance to read personal stories of others who have addressed the end-of-life journey.

Click here to access this resource.

Credits
Created at Michigan State University by the Communication Technology Laboratory and the Palliative Care Education & Research Program

Supported by Michigan State University Cancer Center and Office of Libraries, Computing and Technology, the Henry Ford Health System, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Michigan Department of Community Health.