Inpatient Hospitalization


  • All admissions are arranged by the patient’s physician, who will notify the Admissions Office at the Hospital.
  • If this is an elective admission, patients will be contacted by the Admissions Clerk prior to admission. The clerk’s role is to tell patients what time to arrive at the Hospital for the admission, and ask a few questions about the admission. 

Doctor with PatientRoom Assignment: Hospital rooms are assigned based on the admitting diagnosis and bed availability on the day of admission.

Television: Color televisions with cable are provided free of charge in each patient’s room, compliments of The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair. We ask that patients be considerate of other patients by keeping the volume as low as possible and turning off the TV at bedtime.  Because of safety regulations, no televisions or CB sets should be brought to the hospital. Any personal entertainment system that is battery operated (such as portable CD, MP3, or DVD player) is permitted.

Telephones: Most patient room telephone numbers are 643-8 plus the room number.  All patient rooms are provided with telephone service at no charge for local calls. To make a local call, dial 9 (there will be no dial tone) and then the number desired. 

Using Long Distance Services: For long distance calls dial 6, then 0, then the complete number (example: 6-0-1-717-555-5555.) Patients can also place long distance calls through the hospital operator. (Dial 0, and tell the operator the name of the long distance carrier you wish to use.)

Restrooms: To protect patients from infections, we ask that visitors and family do not use the restrooms in patient rooms. Public restrooms are located on each floor.

Mail, Flowers & Newspapers

  • Mail and flowers addressed to patients will be delivered to the patient room daily by volunteers.
  • Mail received after a patient is discharged will be forwarded to the patient’s home address.
  • The Daily Newsand theAltoona Mirrormay be purchased on the Ground Floor.

To Patients Leaving the Hospital

1. When your physician decides you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order will be written. You will need to make arrangements for transportation and for someone to help you when it’s time to go home. Your physician and your nurse will give you instructions about post-hospital care. If you have questions about your diet, medications, activities or other concerns, please be sure to ask at this time.           

2. If you will need additional services after being discharged from the hospital, please consult with our social workers who are responsible for discharge planning. They can assist you with placement in a nursing home, home health care, home medical equipment, and health insurance concerns.

3. Be sure to collect all of your personal belongings and double check closets and drawers. If you have any valuables stored in the hospital safe, please notify the Switchboard Operator on your way out and she will have your valuables returned to you.

4. If additional information is needed to complete your financial arrangements, Billing Office personnel will visit you in your room during your stay.

5. When the person who is taking you home arrives, nursing personnel or volunteers will escort you to the Main Lobby and help you into the car.

For Family & Friends Visiting a Patient

At J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, we encourage the involvement of family and friends in the patient’s care, unless the patient desires otherwise. We value the role visitors play in fulfilling the patient’s needs for comfort and support during hospitalization.