° Before you Arrive
° When you Arrive
° Going Home
° Medical Records
° Bill Pay
° Surgery (Pre-OP)
° Surgery (Post-Op)
° In-Patient Care
° Grounds for Pleasure Cafe
° St Elizabeth Pharmacy
° Patient Valet Parking
° Free Visitors Parking
Preparation for Surgery
Welcome to Medical Center at Elizabeth Place where we shall provide you with the upmost care during your up coming procedure. Check with your physician about medications or herbal supplements you may be taking and ask whether you should take them on the morning of surgery.
You MUST make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home following surgery. They will be required to sign your release form. Also, a responsible adult must stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian.
If you require physical assistance in mobility or dressing, please be sure to bring a responsible adult to help you in this regard.
Before you Arrive
Prior to your surgery, you will receive a phone call from a nurse to review any pre-operative testing, your medical history, medications you are taking and discuss instructions for your surgery. Please be sure to follow these guidelines before your surgery. If not followed, your procedure may be delayed or cancelled.
- Do NOT eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless otherwise instructed.
- Do NOT smoke after midnight.
- Do NOT take any medication the morning of your surgery without your physician's approval.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes so it is easier to dress following surgery.
- Do NOT wear jewelry including body piercings.
- Do NOT bring valuables or other personal belongings.
- Bring your insurance card(s) or forms with you.
- If you take any medication(s), please bring a list of the medication name, the dosage and the frequency OR bring your medication bottles with you.
When you Arrive
Medical Center at Elizabeth Place is dedicated to involving your family member/friend in the pre-operative and post-operative process. Your visitors may stay with you before and after your procedure. We understand that you want to be with your family member/friend, however, if an emergency occurs, space is restricted, or the privacy of other patients will be compromised, they may be requested to return to the waiting area. During your procedure, they will be able to wait in our seating area. Small children should be left at home. Once your procedure is complete, your family member/friend will be notified of your condition.
Once you have registered, a nurse will escort you into the pre-operative area where your pulse, temperature, respiration and blood pressure will be taken. You will be asked to change into a gown provided by the hospital.
After the operation is completed, you will be taken into the recovery area until you are ready to go home.
You will be discharged when you recover from the effects of you procedure and any medications you received. It is normal to feel weak and drowsy; it is important to have someone with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
Having your surgery at Medical Center at Elizabeth Place allows you to have surgery, spend a short amount of time recovering at the center, then return home --where you are most comfortable-- to complete your recovery.
Please remember to follow these guidelines after your surgery:
- Have someone stay with you for the first 24 hours following surgery.
- Do NOT drive, operate machinery or power tools, drink alcoholic beverages, or take any medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours following surgery.
- Follow your physician's instructions regarding diet, rest and medication.
- Contact your physician if you feel you are having problems after your discharge. IIt is natural to experience some discomfort in the area of the operation. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia you receive, or on the amount of pain medication you are taking at home.
The day after surgery, a nurse from the hospital will call to check on your progress and answer any questions you may have. If your surgery is on Friday, you will be contacted on Monday. If you need to speak to your physician please contact his or her office. You will also receive a Patient Satisfaction Survey upon discharge from the Center. We encourage you to fill this out and return it.