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Pre-admission Testing

If you are scheduled for Pre-admission Testing (PAT), your physician will provide you with the information you'll need. Please bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance information
  • List of medications you are taking

Fasting –(no eating or drinking for 3 hours is required.)


If you need to change your Pre-admission testing appointment or have questions, you may call:

In Paterson: 973.754.3890

In Wayne: 973.956.3756


Surgery Pre-admission Blood Bank Procedure

Because of the ongoing urgent need for blood, if you are scheduled to be admitted for surgery in which blood may be required, you must arrange for a donation to our blood bank before your admission date. You can do this either by giving a deposit of your own blood, having a friend or relative donate for you, or arranging a transfer of credits from any other blood bank. To make an appointment or for more information, please call:

Paterson: 973.754.3538

Wayne: 973.956.3756

Admitting Procedures

If you are going to be admitted to the hospital, please bring the following:

  • Photo ID – showing proof of address
  • Current medical insurance card
  • Medicare or Medicaid card – if you have one
  • Any necessary doctor's referral
  • Responsible party information
  • Copy of Advanced Directive – if you have one
  • List of medications you are taking
  • For Car Accidents – please bring Automobile Insurance information
  • Please bring your deductible or co-payment that may be due as indicated by your insurance company
  • Please tell us if your spouse works or if you have multiple coverages so we can determine which insurance should be billed first.
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients under 18 years of age at the time of admission.


If your primary insurance carrier is an HMO or commercial insurance company, or if you are a Medicare patient who has enrolled in a Medicare/HMO program, it is important to know your policy and if your insurance company will allow you to be admitted to St. Joseph's Healthcare System. Every policy is different. Some carriers may require you to pre-certify your admission (to notify or receive approval) before a planned admission or within 24 hours after an unexpected admission.


Upon admission to the hospital, you will be given a room assignment. Most patient rooms are semiprivate (two patients per room); however, a very limited number of private rooms are available. If you would like a private room, (and one is available) please make your request on admission. A cash deposit is required since insurance does not cover private room charges. To request a private room in Wayne call: 973.956.3315.


We urge you to bring and use containers to protect eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aide, etc., when you're not wearing them. St. Joseph's Healthcare System is not responsible for broken or loss of personal items. Cell phones are brought at your discretion. In Wayne, electrical devices will be checked by the hospital for approval.

Emergency Room

On arrival please have:

  • Photo ID with current address
  • Current insurance cards also (Medicare and Medicaid if you have them)
  • Emergency contact name and phone number
  • List of medications if possible




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