Pre-Admissions Testing

Easing the way before surgery day

The anxiety of a hospital visit can begin the moment you and your doctor agree on a course of care that involves an inpatient procedure. But our Pre-Admission Testing team can help. Your comfort and convenience are the foremost objective.

By the time you arrive, you will know what to expect; that knowledge will help provide some peace of mind. With us providing healthy doses of patience, kindness and understanding, you will feel better prepared for surgery.

When you arrive for your Pre-admission testing appointment, you need to first stop at the registration admissions desk. Parking is available in our visitor's parking lot. Valet parking is available from the hospital’s main entrance between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for a nominal fee of $5.00. Wheelchairs are available at the hospital's entrance.

For more information

Please contact our pre-admission testing department between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Phone: 973-429-6866

What to bring

  • Insurance card(s) and another form of identification such as a photo ID
  • A list of prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and herbal supplements you are currently taking
  • A list of any known foods or drugs to which you are allergic
  • Any instructions given to you by your physician
  • A list of any questions you may have

How we will help

Throughout the day, a computer on the first floor of the Harries Pavilion generates reports of patients who have been scheduled for surgery at Mountainside Medical Center. Once a procedure is scheduled, the staff of Pre-Admission Testing - including Registered Nurses and Registrars - begins the process of helping you prepare, mentally and physically, for your hospital stay.

The first point of patient contact is often a call from a Pre-Admissions Testing Registered Nurse. The nurse begins a dialogue to gather the information that will make your hospital visit as seamless and stress-free as possible. The initial call is used to collect medical history, identify special needs (such as for an interpreter, wheelchair, or dietary restrictions) and verify that all pre-op testing requests – for blood work, EKGs, chest x-rays and cardiac clearance - are in order. The nurse will explain the procedure and what to expect on the day of surgery. The nurse will also be available to answer any questions.

While the nurses are preparing you for surgery, the pre-admissions testing team will be actively engaged with your referring physician's office. The Registrar serves as a liaison with the physician’s office, helping to get all the necessary information for your chart. The Registrar is responsible for collecting and organizing a tremendous amount of paper so that charts are properly organized and labeled and can be easily accessed and read by physicians throughout the patient's stay.