Cigarettes and smoking materials are not sold at Great Plains Regional Medical Center and smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the hospital and for a distance of 25 feet from the hospital.

Fire Drills

For your protection, the hospital conducts fire and disaster drills regularly. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed. The hospital is a fire-resistant building and the staff is trained in fire protection.


Special regulations are in effect when patients are receiving oxygen. Absolutely no smoking is permitted in any room where oxygen is in use or on standby.


Wheelchairs are available on all nursing units, but getting in and out of them without assistance may be hazardous. Please ask for help from a member of the hospital staff.


All medications you take while you are in the hospital are prescribed by your doctor, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse. The use of the patient’s own medication is not allowed unless the pharmacy is unable to supply that medication or if ordered by your doctor. Patients are not permitted to administer their own drugs or keep personal medications at their bedsides unless ordered by your doctor and then monitored by the nursing staff.

Valuable or Lost Items

Patients are asked not to bring items of value to the hospital. If you do bring a valuable item, it should be deposited for safe keeping at the Switchboard / Admissions Office. You will be given a written receipt for all items, which must be presented when you withdraw them. The hospital does not accept responsibility for items of value unless they are deposited at the Switchboard / Admissions Office. If you lose something, please notify your nurse right away, and we will make every effort to help you find it.