Discharge planning begins upon either your admission to the Hospital or your preadmission appointment. At that time, you will learn about your condition and how you can make adjustments for your condition upon discharge. From that point forward, members of the healthcare team, including your physician, nurses, medical social worker, case manager, and other ancillary departments will be working closely with you and your family to plan for your discharge.
Your physician must give hospital staff permission to discharge you. You may also receive prescription orders and follow-up appointment information if necessary.
Either your physician or the nurse will discuss your discharge instructions with you, and you will also receive written instructions. A case manager or social worker may participate in this process.
Leaving the Hospital
After being informed of your discharge, please make arrangements to leave the hospital within two to three hours. The staff will assist with transportation resources and help with contacts as needed.
You should check your room for clothing and other personal items before you leave. If you have cash or other valuables in the Hospital safe, let the staff know as early as possible. Also, let your nurse know if you have any home medications stored at the nursing station.
Fill Your Prescriptions
Your prescriptions can be filled at a pharmacy close to home.
Durable Medical Equipment
HomeCare Products, a subsidiary of Evangelical Community Hospital, offers a wide array of specialized medical equipment and products to help you recover in your own home. It is a certified Medicare and Medicaid supplier and also accepts most private insurance and managed care plans. For more information on HomeCare Products, please call (570) 522-2585 or (800) 522-1284..
Social Workers and Case Managers
Social workers and case managers are available to assist in a number of areas, including:
- Coordinating placement arrangements or referrals to nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, or personal care homes
- Arranging support services from various community agencies, such as Meals on Wheels, home health, support groups, or counseling services
- Explaining financial alternatives
- Offering emotional support and counseling for patients and their families
- Obtaining medical supplies and equipment for home use, as ordered by your physician (if home oxygen is ordered for you, a respiratory therapist will coordinate the necessary equipment and supplies)
Questions and Concerns
Evangelical wants to provide the best service possible. In order to do so we need to know what we are doing well and what needs to be improved. We depend on our patients to keep us informed. Several days after you return home you may receive a survey asking you to provide information on your hospital stay. Please take the time to complete the survey. Your opinion counts at Evangelical.
If you have a problem or concern about your stay, please call Evangelical’s Continuous Quality Improvement Manager at 522-2867 to discuss your concerns in a private, confidential manner.