Admitting and Discharge

The health care professionals at Queen of the Valley Medical Center work together to provide quality, compassionate care and technically advanced medical treatment. If you or a loved one is admitted to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, you may wish to review the accompanying information.

No person in the state of California shall, solely on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, including persons known to be HIV positive or who have AIDS, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that is funded directly by the Department of Health Services or receives any financial assistance from the Department of Health Services.

The staff at Queen of the Valley Medical Center has, as its goal, the desire to exceed your expectations. We understand that the more you know, the better you will feel, and we consider you a partner in your medical care. When you are well informed and are able to communicate openly with your physician and other health professionals, you can help make your care as effective as possible.

Your nurse will be able to provide you with most of what you may need during your stay, but please let us know if there is something we can do to help make you more comfortable.

We recommend that all jewelry, important papers, credit cards, keys, wallets, rings, and cash in excess of $10 be sent home when you are admitted as a patient.

If you are unable to do so, your nurse will arrange for your valuables to be stored in the medical center safe until your discharge. Please ask for a receipt. Queen of the Valley assumes no responsibility for personal property retained by the patient.

Eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids are an important part of your life. These items require special care. Tell your nurse that you use these items.

Please take care not to leave any of these items on your meal tray or lying on your bed, as they may be inadvertently disposed of or lost.

You will find a menu card on your breakfast tray each morning. Your selections will be for the following day. Please fill out the menu after breakfast. A representative from the Dietary Department will pick up your menu.

If you need help with menu selection or have questions about your diet, ask your nurse to contact our dietitians. Dietary Services can be reached at ext. 4046.

Mail is delivered to your room Monday through Friday. Mail received after your discharge from the medical center will be forwarded to your home address unless you leave other instructions at the time of discharge. Mail, flowers, and gifts should be sent to:

Queen of the Valley Medical Center
1000 Trancas St., Napa, CA 94558
Attention: “Patient’s Name”

Telephone service is available in all rooms. To call locally, dial 9 and then dial the local number. Calls outside the Napa area can be charged to your home number or the number being called. To make toll calls within the 707, 415, 341, 925, 650 and 408 area codes, dial 8-0 and then the number. The commercial operator will ask for billing information.

Visitors wishing to call your room should dial the general medical center number, 707-252-4411, and then your room number as the extension. For double rooms, use the following guideline:

For the bed nearest to the door, the phone extension is the room number.

For the bed nearest to the window, the phone extension is the room number plus 1.

Example: In room 3122, the phone by the door is ext. 3122; the phone by the window is ext. 3123.

Note: Cell phone use is prohibited inside the medical center to protect the privacy of our patients.

Televisions are provided at no charge. Please be considerate with the volume level so that it will not disturb other patients. Closed-caption television decoders are available for deaf and hearing-impaired patients. You may ask you nurse to arrange one for you.

At Queen of the Valley Medical Center, we want your stay to be as pleasant and comfortable as possible. That's why you can now enjoy a movie experience throughout the day and evening without ever leaving the comfort of your room. We're now providing commercial-free movies in English and Spanish.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is committed to promoting access to communication for patients and their families who are limited- or non-English speakers. The medical center offers resources to provide interpreting and translating services. These include a Hispanic Services Coordinator, Spanish and other language interpreters/translators, including sign language, and the Language Line Services.

Several resources are available to promote access to communication for the deaf or hearing impaired patients. These resources include Sign Language Interpreters, Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD), Fm Listening System, “PockeTalkers” transmitters and telephone amplifiers. Amplified pay telephones and public TDD is also available. Please contact your nurse for assistance.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center has an active Bioethics Consult Team, made up of, among others, physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and bioethicists. The Consult Team can be readily convened to consider bioethical concerns of patients, their families, and medical center staff.

An Ethics Council addresses broader issues related to the ethical implications of the care and treatment of patients. Should you wish to access the services of these advisory groups, you may consult with your physician or the nursing staff. To call directly, dial “0” and the operator will assist you.