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Admission, Testing and Surgery 

**Labor and delivery admission information is at the bottom of this page.

There are two steps to hospital admissions: registration (the administrative side) and preparation/testing (the medical side). The purpose of the two-step process is to ensure patients are well prepared for surgery or a procedure before they are admitted.  

This is a team approach so you may receive multiple calls beforehand asking for additional, or verification of, health and financial information:

  • PRE-ADMISSION TESTING TEAM:  Nursing staff will arrange an appointment (in person or by phone, depending on surgery type) to review your medical history and complete any tests your surgeon has requested (such has lab/blood work; EKG; X-rays, etc.) prior to surgery.  
  • PRE-REGISTRATION TEAM.  Staff from the hospital’s business office will call to arrange your admission to the hospital, complete insurance paperwork, discuss deductibles, copayments or out-of-pocket expenses.    
  • PHYSICIAN/SURGEON’S OFFICE STAFF.  Your surgeon will advise when to arrive at the hospital; how they would like to you prepare; and advise on eating before surgery and medication restrictions.

Pre-Admission Testing

To help make things run smoother on your day of surgery, we encourage you to schedule a pre-admission testing appointment. The appointment may occur in person or by telephone, depending on the testing already completed by your physician.

During the pre-admission testing appointment, a registered nurse will review:

  • Your medical and surgical history
  • Your current prescription medications and over-the-counter supplements
  • Required testing prior to surgery

If you’re scheduled for an in-person appointment:

  •  You do not need to fast beforehand
  • You should take your medications per your usual routine
  • Allow two hours for the appointment.

In-Person Appointments

If your surgery requires an in-person appointment, you will be scheduled to arrive at the Registration and Admitting Office, which is located on the first floor of Jonsson Hospital. There you will be checked in and asked for photo identification and insurance information.

You will meet with a registered nurse to have vital signs taken and review pertinent medical history. Your physician or surgeon may have ordered additional tests to be done which MAY include some or all of the following, depending on your surgical procedure and current health condition:

  • Various vital signs taken (blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation)
  • Blood drawn
  • EKG/ECG (more detailed measurements of your heart)
  • X-rays
  • Pregnancy testing (for everyone’s medical safety)
  • Other possible tests as determined by your care providers


Patient drop-off and pick-up is convenient in the circle driveway at Jonsson Hospital. There is a blue light that illuminates the outside of the building and serves as a distinct landmark to help you find the correct entrance in the dark. The address of the entrance is 3501 Junius St. for the purpose of online/GPS navigation tools.

  • Parking: Garage 4 (located directly across Junius St. from Jonsson Hospital) is the preferred parking location for Jonsson Hospital. Garage 4 is accessible from Junius Street, Worth Street and Pauline Street
  • Valet parking is available in the Jonsson Hospital circle drive, Monday-Friday (5 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
  • View map and cost information.

Pre-Registration Process

Staff from the hospital’s business office will call to arrange your admission to the hospital.  They will assist you in completing insurance paperwork, discussing deductibles, co-payments or out-of-pocket expenses.  

You may also start the process by completing some documents beforehand, online by using Baylor's online registration program.

If you have questions, please contact Baylor Dallas Business Services department at  214.818.9700. 

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Q.  What do I need to do to prepare for my surgery the day before?

A.   Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding eating, drinking and taking medications before surgery.

  • Do not shave or wax near the surgical site. This helps prevent surgical site infections.
  • Plan for a family member or friend to drive you home after surgery.
  • Determine who will assist you with your care and recovery at home.
 Q.  What day and time will my surgery be?
 A.  Your surgeon or their office will provide you the scheduled date and time of your surgery.
 Q.  What do I do the morning of surgery?
 Please arrive at the time directed by your surgeon’s office.
  • Bring storage cases for the following items, if worn:
    • Contact lenses
    • Dentures
    • Hearing aides
  • Take only the medications that your surgeon or anesthesiologist has instructed you to take.
  • Do not bring valuables on the day of surgery and remove all jewelry.
  • Bring your driver’s license (or picture ID) and insurance card(s), advanced directives, and any paperwork provided by your physician(s).
 Q.  Should I allow extra time to get to the hospital?
 A.  Yes, traffic, weather and construction in Dallas along with other conditions may make you late for your appointment. If you are using maps or a Global Positioning System (GPS) to provide directions, the addresses here may be helpful.

Q. Do I need to fast (nothing to eat or drink) prior to my Pre-Admission or Pre-Registration  appointment?

A. No.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email at

Labor & Delivery

The Labor and Delivery department at Baylor Dallas is located on the first floor of the James M. and Dorothy D. Collins Women's and Children's Center. There is a circular drive entrance that's easily accessible from Junius Street, with short-term maternity parking.  Overnight and visitor parking is available in Garage 4, directly across from the entrance.

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