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Discharge from the Hospital:

Planning for your discharge begins at the time of admission. The discharge planning committee may consist of you, your physician, your nurse, social services, physical therapy, dietary, your discharge planning coordinator, and other members of the healthcare team. Your physician will decide when you will be discharged.

One of the keys to a successful recovery is having realistic expectations about how long it will take you to feel better. Give yourself a chance to adjust both physically and emotionally. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for yourself after your hospitalization. If you have any questions about your care after discharge, please ask your physician or nurse.

There are occasions when you may need additional treatment or care after discharge. To meet your specific needs, information and assistance regarding home health nursing, rehabilitation, nursing homes, or other discharge needs are available from the Discharge Planning Nurse by calling 265-2191 ext. 2161 and the Social Services Department at 268-2464.

Please arrange for someone to take extra items, such as gifts and flowers, to your home prior to your discharge. This will help make your discharge more efficient.