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Going home


When your doctor decides you are ready to leave the hospital, a discharge order will be written. You may want to make arrangements with a family member or friend to help you when it's time to go home. Some important things to remember include:

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We ask that you make arrangements to leave promptly once discharged by your doctor. If you need assistance, please notify your nurse or care manager.

Discharge instructions

Your doctor and your nurse will give you instructions about post-hospital care. If you have questions about your diet, activities or other matters, please be sure to ask.


If your doctor gives you a prescription, it should be filled immediately at the pharmacy of your choice. Upon discharge, you will receive a complete and current list of all medications. For your safety, we encourage all patients to keep an up-to-date list of all medications being taken (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and supplements). When you come to the hospital, please bring your medications and list with you.

Staff escort

When you are ready to leave, a member of the hospital staff will escort you to the front entrance and help you into the car.

Care coordination

Care coordination is our quality commitment to you. We intend to do everything possible to make sure you receive the right care in the right setting at the right time. This includes assessing your needs for when you are discharged from the hospital. Care coordination works along with your physician, the healthcare team and your insurance company to make sure you receive the right care once you leave the hospital.

The Care Coordination Department at Mary Rutan Hospital assists patients and their family members with financial, social and emotional issues that relate to illness or hospitalization.