You'll find your free copy of our Patient Guide when you arrive in your room; it's yours to take home. It has key information about your stay, answers frequently asked questions, offers tips on how you can take charge of your health and more. View the Patient Guide (interactive PDF).
Mail and flowers
Few things can brighten your hospital room like mail and flowers. Sky Lakes Medical Center volunteers will deliver flowers to your room within minutes after they arrive from the florist. Because of concern for allergies, flowers will be delivered to patients in ICU rooms at the discretion of the nursing staff. If you have already left the hospital, the flowers will be returned to the florist for delivery to your home.
A parking area for recreational vehicles is available to patients and their families for a nominal donation. It is located across the street just south of the Family Birth Center entrance on the south side of the hospital.
Call the Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center, 541.274.4171, for more information about RV parking.
Sky Lakes offers free shuttle service from the hospital's parking areas between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please call 541.331.0518.
Our primary goal at Sky Lakes Medical Center is to provide you with the highest quality healthcare with compassion and respect so you can achieve your best possible health. This goal can best be met by working together.
Everyone has a role in making healthcare as safe as possible—doctors, nurses and technicians working together and with patients. By becoming an active, involved and well-informed member of your healthcare team, you can play a vital role in making your healthcare safe.
Most falls occur when patients try to get out of bed on their own, many while trying to get to the bathroom. It is always safer to ask for help.
Here are some tips to help prevent falls:
- Ask for assistance from the nursing staff, especially at night.
- Keep your call button near you.
- Report any spills or objects that are on the floor.
- Wear footwear with rubber soles to prevent slipping.
- Make sure that you have adequate light to see.
- If you wear glasses, keep them within reach.
- Some medications may cause you to frequent the bathroom more often. Ask for help before getting up or out of bed.
Germs and bacteria exist in every home, workplace and hospital. When you are ill or have had surgery, you are more susceptible to infection.
Here are tips to help you minimize your risk of infection:
- Ask family members or friends who have colds or other respiratory symptoms not to visit you in the hospital.
- Check with your doctor to see if you should have a flu or pneumonia vaccine to minimize your risk.
- Some patients may be on isolation precautions to either protect them from getting infections or from spreading infection. If you are on these precautions, ask your doctor what you can do to help.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent spreading illness.
Remember to clean your hands:
- Before and after using the toilet.
- Before and after you prepare food.
- Before and after you eat.
- After touching animals or animal waste.
- After you cough or sneeze.
- When your hands are dirty.
To properly clean your hands:
- Wet hands with warm water.
- Apply soap and rub hands for 15 seconds.
- Dry with a paper towel.
- Use towel to turn off faucet.
You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not immediately available.
It is important that healthcare providers know your identity. Check the information on your hospital ID band for accuracy. There may be more than one patient with the same name.
Whenever you are given medications, leave the unit for a test or procedure, or have blood drawn, offer your ID band to the staff for them to check as you state your name.
A well-informed patient can help doctors and nurses provide excellent care. The patient and family should know as much about treatment as they can. Ask questions about your diagnosis and treatment.
If you are having surgery, make sure that you, your doctor and your surgeon agree and are clear on exactly what will be done. You will be asked to participate by marking the site or side intended to be operated on.
Meeting with hospital registration staff ensures that your personal and insurance information for each appointment is complete and accurate. We'll also ask you to sign the proper consent forms at this time. After you have been registered, the staff member will notify the proper department and inform them you are here and ready for your appointment. Please plan on arriving about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so you're not rushed to complete this important verification process.
Please bring your current insurance card(s) and insurance address to your appointment. If your visit is related to a motor vehicle accident, please bring your auto insurance card along with the claim number. If your visit is related to workers' compensation, employment examination or other special purpose, bring copies of any pertinent forms your physician needs to complete. This will help us get the bills to the right people.
Billing and payment
Bills for services rendered are sent only after all insurances have been billed. You can request an itemized statement by calling patient financial services at 541.274.6699.
In order to send a claim to the insurance company, the hospital is required to file a separate claim for each inpatient or outpatient visit. If you were an inpatient, you will receive a separate bill for the hospital services and another bill for professional services provided during your hospital stay.
Insurance carriers negotiate hospital charge discounts. The amount of the discount is specific to each carrier. When the carrier pays its portion, the contractual allowance is posted to reflect the true amount due from the patient. Please note that in most cases, you will get a separate bill for physician services including anesthesiology.
You may pay by cash, check, credit card or money order. If payment in full is not possible, you can make payment arrangements by contacting patient financial services at 541.274.6699.
If your physician's medical practice is not owned by the hospital, you will have to go through a separate registration process. Your benefit coverage may be different for physician services than it is for hospital services.
Under a provision called "coordination of benefits," the hospital is obligated to bill the insurance that would be considered primary for you. Any medical insurance for which you are the primary holder must be billed before any other medical insurance.
We encourage you to check with your insurance company or your employer regarding coverage. Because there are so many types of insurance plans, we do not know if you need prior approval or notification for your hospital stay. Contact your insurance company or your employer with specific questions about what is or is not covered by your insurance plan.
The Medicare Summary Notice is an informational document that Medicare sends to you after it has processed your medical claims. The notice provides you with information about the payment status of your bill.
Typically, Medicare will pay for medically necessary acute care services ordered by your physician. There are many things your Medicare benefits will not cover (screening exams or preventive medicine services, for example) and other services that must meet the criteria for medically necessary procedures, with the diagnostic reason stated by your physician. In some cases, you may even be required to sign an advance beneficiary notice indicating that you have been informed that Medicare will not cover the costs of certain services.
As a Medicare patient, you could be responsible for some significant charges that are related to co-insurance, deductible and non-covered charge amounts. If you do not have a secondary or supplemental insurance coverage, please contact patient financial services, 541.274.6699, if your medical bill is a financial hardship.
The Medicare 72-hour rule says that the billing of outpatient services rendered just prior to an inpatient stay must be included on the inpatient bill.
- MyChart is a secure, online tool connecting you electronically to portions of your medical record.
- To access MyChart, you will need an email account, an internet connection and a personalized activation code.
- MyChart access is granted only to users who have registered with their clinic. Access to health information in MyChart is secured by a personalized username and password, known only to you.
- To register for MyChart access, request your activation code while in the clinic or online.
- Please email us if you need help creating or accessing a MyChart account.
Contains messages sent to you in MyChart from your healthcare provider or clinic.
Contains messages you have sent to your healthcare provider(s).
Ask your healthcare team
Allows you to send a message to your healthcare team.
Request Rx renewal
Allows you to request prescription renewal.
Billing or website question
Allows you to ask a billing question.
Allows you to send a message to technical support staff if you are experiencing technical issues in MyChart.
Lists upcoming appointments you have with your healthcare provider(s).
Lists past appointments with your healthcare provider(s).
Cancel an appointment
Allows you to cancel an appointment. (Please give at least 24 hours' notice if possible.)
Request an appointment
Allows you to send a message to schedule a non-urgent appointment with your healthcare provider based on your reason for visit, preferred date and preferred time.
Summary of lab test results sent by your provider via MyChart.
Current health issues
Summary of any current health issues.
Summary of your current medications.
Summary of your allergies and other irritants.
Summary of your previous immunizations.
Gives you a summary of your current health issues, current medications, allergies and immunizations, as well as medical, surgical and family history.
Billing account summary
View account details, view payment history and pay your bill online using a credit card.
See detailed information regarding your insurance plan on file with us.
View coverage details or ask a specific question regarding your coverage.
My family's records
If you have set up a proxy access to a family member's medical record in MyChart, access that information here.*
Contains your personal information such as address, phone number, email address and primary care provider.
Print wallet-sized cards summarizing your demographic information, current medications, allergies, healthcare issues, insurance and contacts.
Change your password and update your security question and answer.
Receive notifications that alert you to messages, test results, reminders and appointments.
Make changes to your personal preferences on file with the clinic and submit a message with your personal information.
Terms and conditions
Lists the terms and conditions for the use of MyChart.
For children age 0 to 14, the parent or guardian will be granted full access to the child's MyChart record.
For children age 14 to 17, the parent or guardian will be granted partial access to the child's MyChart record (i.e., immunizations). Children age 14 to 17 can register for their own MyChart access by completing the appropriate form. When the child reaches age 18, the parent or guardian will no longer have any access to the child's MyChart record.