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Your room

Your room assignment at Mary Rutan Hospital is based upon your admitting diagnosis and bed availability on the day of your admission. A private (single-bed) or a semi-private (two-bed) room may be made available based on your specific needs. We are not able to guarantee private rooms, as they are extremely limited. Medical insurance usually does not cover the full cost of a private room.

Your hospital bed

Hospital beds are electronically operated. Your nurse or a staff member will show you how to work your bed properly. Your hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bedside rails are there for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day if you're resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain medications.

Calling your nurse

A button to call your nurse is located at your bedside. When you press the button, the nurses' station is alerted that you need assistance. A staff member will respond to your signal as soon as possible. During the night, please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange surroundings and sleeping medications may create a hazard if you get out of bed. For assistance during the night, use your call button.

Leaving the unit

If you want to leave the unit, please check first at the nurses' station to make sure your doctor has given approval and to let the staff know where you can be reached. It is important to stay in your room until your doctor has made rounds and treatments have been completed.


TVs are provided free of charge in each room. Please be considerate of other patients by keeping the volume low and turning off the TV at bedtime. Local cable channels are available. Closed-captioned programming is available for the hearing-impaired. Educational programming is available on channel 3, 24 hours a day.


Room telephones

Local call telephones are provided in each room. Free local calls may be made at any time from the room by dialing 9, then the local number. For long-distance and toll calls, dial 9 then 0 to get an operator. You will then be asked whether you wish to call collect or use a credit card. Hospital operator dial 0.

Hospital main phone number

Your family and friends can reach you by calling the hospital's operator at 937.592.4015 and asking for you and your room number.

For the hearing-impaired

We offer a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) for use by our hearing-impaired patients during their stay at Mary Rutan Hospital. Please inform your nurse of your needs.

Special services

Mary Rutan Hospital offers a variety of special services to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. These special services include the following:


The volunteers provide mail service directly to your room, Monday through Saturday. If you have outgoing mail, please leave it with your nurse. Mary Rutan Hospital's address is:

Mary Rutan Hospital (include your room number)
205 E. Palmer Road
Bellefontaine, OH 43311-2298

Wireless internet access

Patients at Mary Rutan Hospital can stay connected with family and friends during their hospitalization thanks to the hospital's Wi-Fi network. The network also allows guests to have internet access on their smartphones and on their personal computers.

The Wi-Fi network is separate from the Mary Rutan Hospital computer network to ensure privacy and security. There is no cost for patients and visitors to access the Wi-Fi network; a limited number of laptops are also available upon request for patients staying at Mary Rutan Hospital.


Volunteers may deliver flowers to your room. Please keep in mind that large plants and flowers are difficult to deliver and take home upon discharge.

Notary public

The services of a notary are available for patients. Please inform your nurse if you are in need of these services and a notary public will be contacted.


The hospital has access to interpreters for a limited number of foreign languages, should a patient require it.

Medical equipment at home

If you need special medical equipment at home you may contact the staff from Care Coordination at 937.592.4015, ext. 7022, for assistance.

Mary Rutan Therapy & Sports Medicine

Comprehensive outpatient physical rehabilitation services are available for adults and children with a variety of physical injuries, including head injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, pediatric disabilities, arthritis, chronic pain, amputation, and other orthopedic sports and neurological injuries. A specialized team of rehabilitation professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists can assist you with your recovery process.