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Preparing For Your Stay


Preparing for Your Stay

We are committed to providing you the best care possible while you are at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center. For patients who will be admitted for longer stays (inpatients) or patients who will be admitted for short-term care, such as procedures or observation (outpatient), our Inpatient and Outpatient Admission booklets are available to download at the links below. We are proud to offer these paperless options as an environmentally friendly choice.

Inpatient Information Booklet (English)Información sobre las internaciones (Español)Outpatient Information Booklet (English)Información para los pacientes externos (Español)

Need more information about your upcoming inpatient stay or visit to Presbyterian Rust Medical Center? Our helpful Patient and Family Guide will provide you with information about our location and amenities, visiting hours, information about your hospital room, healthcare team and discharge planning. Click below to download a PDF of the guide.

Presbyterian Rust Medical Center Patient and Family GuidePresbyterian Rust Medical Center Guía para el paciente y la familia

Pre-Anesthesia and Surgical Screening

At Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, our goal is to provide you with safe and effective care throughout your surgical services experience. The purpose of your pre-anesthesia and surgical screening (PASS) visit is to ensure you are ready for your surgery. The PASS visit is a screening process designed to identify issues that could cause your surgery to be delayed or cancelled.

Pre-Anesthesia and Surgical Screening Presbyterian Rust Medical Center

During your visit to PASS, the nursing staff will perform a thorough patient assessment that may include blood testing, urinalysis, EKG (heart rhythm test), and chest x-ray. These tests need to be completed in advance of surgery so the results can be reviewed prior to your day of surgery. During your PASS visit, a registrar will also verify your insurance coverage and collect any required copayment. The PASS process may take 60 to 90 minutes. Additional time will be needed if you require a chest x-ray.

What to expect during your PASS visit:

  • Step 1: Please come to the PASS department and sign in.

  • Step 2: You will next complete your registration. If you have been pre-registered, the registration process takes less than five minutes. If not, it may take up to 20 minutes. The registrar will verify your information and collect any required insurance copayment.

  • Step 3: A nurse will review your medical history with you, measure your vital signs, and verify your medications.

  • Step 4: If indicated, an anesthesia nurse will review your health history, discuss anesthesia options and answer any questions you may have.

  • Step 5: A medical technician will draw your blood and perform an EKG (heart rhythm test), if required.

  • Step 6: If a chest x-ray is required, you will be directed to the radiology department. Failure to get your chest x-ray could result in a delay or cancellation of your surgery.

We’ve Got You Covered

From primary care to specialty visits, Presbyterian’s network of providers is here to help with all of your family’s medical needs. Search for a provider by location, specialty or affiliated hospital.

Care for Heart Emergencies

Our Heart and Vascular Care team now offers 24/7 cardiac emergency care for Rio Rancho and Sandoval County residents at Rust Medical Center.

Access Your Health Information

For secure online access to view test results, contact your provider, request medication renewals or schedule an appointment, sign up for a MyChart account today.