When You Leave
Patients at St. Joseph’s will not be discharged before their health care providers determine they are medically ready. When you are able to be discharged, please note the following:
Please plan on checking out prior to 11 a.m. on the day of your discharge. This will allow time to prepare the room for other patients.
Please instruct family members to pick you up at the hospital’s main entrance. No vehicle may be left unattended in the circle, so your family member will have to inform the security guard that he or she has arrived. The guard will alert your nursing unit and a staff member will bring you and your belongings to the main entrance. If your family member wishes to come to your unit on the day of discharge to help carry your belongings or listen to your discharge instructions, he or she must park at a meter on the street or in the parking garage. When you are brought down to the main entrance, your family member can pull the vehicle into the circle.
Planning for Your Discharge
Whether or not you will need additional medical help after discharge depends on your diagnosis, type of surgery, living arrangements, etc. Following your hospital stay, your daily routine may be different and your activities may be restricted while you recover. Early planning for your post-hospital care will help ensure you recover quickly and prepare you for your next phase of care. Some of the things you may need to consider are medical equipment or supplies, dietary needs, availability of assistance from family or friends, the need for follow-up care or therapy, and by whom and where this care will be provided.
A nurse will discuss your discharge options with you and your family soon after you are admitted. Although discharge planning is done in consultation with your attending physician, hospital staff, and your family members or friends, you are primarily responsible for planning your discharge.