Discharge Planning

Samaritan realizes that one of the first things many people think of when they are being admitted to the hospital is "when am I going home?" Going home can be scary when thinking about your care and whether you have a family member or friend able to help you. At Samaritan Medical Center, not only do we want your admission and stay with us to be very good, we also want your discharge to be very good.

Preparation before Discharge

Your doctor will tell you and your care team the likely date for discharge. This date may change during your stay depending on your progress, test results, etc. You may need short-term rehabilitation or assistance at home following your hospital stay.

Please note: Let your nurse know if your ride will not be available to pick you up by 12 noon on the day of your discharge. We will be happy to help you arrange other transportation if needed. If you will need to go home by taxi, please arrange to have your house keys available.

Many physicians visit their patients early in the morning, some as early as 6:30 am. This is a good time for you and your family to plan your discharge or transition.

Please let us know if you are in need of help arranging care in your home.

You and your family are welcome to request assistance from our Patient & Family Services staff as you begin planning for your return home. Your nurse can contact a member of the Discharge Planning team for you. Your physician and care team will work with you to get all details of your discharge arranged.

Any questions that you have about any new diagnoses, treatments or medications are best asked as soon as possible into your hospital stay so as to avoid any delays in the discharge process. Your safety and comfort at discharge are our primary concerns.

The Quality and Care of Your Care are of Great Importance to Us

Our Goals:

  • Safely discharge you as early in the day as possible with 12:00 p.m. as our goal.

  • Include all people who you want to be part of your discharge planning and instructions.

How You Can Help:

  • Tell us who you want to have included in your discharge planning and instructions.

  • Ask questions about your continued care and treatment.


Day of Discharge

Discharge time is typically before 12:00 p.m.

Discharging early in the day enables you to obtain any new prescriptions written for you and to settle in to your home while your physician is available for questions. You and your family should have a plan in place to pay for any new prescriptions.

Your physician and care team will discuss your medications and instructions before you leave the hospital. Information about follow-up treatments or appointments that you will need to schedule will also be provided.

Your medications are carefully reviewed by your doctor(s) and nurses. It is imperative to your recovery that you take your medications exactly as listed on your discharge information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your nurse.
After you leave the hospital, you may receive a survey in the mail. Your responses will help us to recognize our employees and continue to improve the quality of our service.

Being prepared for your discharge is critical to the success of your recovery. Samaritan is committed to providing you the best care when here, and the best plan to make sure your discharge is easy and your road to recovery is successful.