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Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
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HOSPITAL INFORMATION

Patient and visitor parking is available at the North end of the campus near the Patient Care Center main entrance. Wheelchairs are available at the side (handicap) entrance.

Important Phone Numbers

Registration/Admitting Department 708-245-7001
Courtesy Car 708-245-8115
Day Surgery Department 708-245-6072
Financial Counselor 708-245-7006
or
708-245-7008
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital 708-245-9000

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Day Surgery at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital

Q. What is day surgery?
A. Day surgery is a safe, cost-effective, time-saving option that allows you to have surgery in the hospital with the convenience of going home the same day.

Q. What about insurance and billing procedures?
A. At Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, we work with you and your insurance provider(s) to ensure that your hospital bill is processed as efficiently as possible.

During your pre-admission interview, you'll be asked to provide information about your insurance. Before you arrive at the hospital for your day surgery, we will make every effort to confirm your benefits so that the payment process goes smoothly. You may be asked to make a deposit or payment in advance, depending on your coverage, deductible or co-payment requirements.

After surgery, the hospital will bill your insurance provider(s) on your behalf in order to collect payment for all covered services. You will receive a bill from Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital for any additional charges not covered by insurance, Physicians may bill you and your insurance provider(s) separately.

Our Patient Financial Services Department can assist you in handling the complexities of insurance processing before and your surgery, as well as answer any questions about your bill. For more information, please contact the Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Financial Counselor at 708-245-7006 or 245-7008.

Q. What types of procedures can be performed as day surgeries?
A. These include gynecological surgery; ear, eye, nose and throat surgery; dental and oral surgery; orthopedic and urological surgery; hernia repair; various laproscopic procedures; and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Q. What can you tell me about day surgery at Adventist La Grange Memorial?
A. At Adventist La Grange Memorial, day surgery takes place in modern operating room suites that feature sophisticated surgical equipment and monitoring devices to enhance patient safety and comfort. The day surgery team includes experienced, caring doctors and nurses who are dedicated to each patient's well-being. In addition to expert surgical care, they provide detailed instructions to ensure a successful recovery at home.

Q. What accommodations do you have for visitors?
A. Visitors are welcome to stop by the Coffee Shop, located in the main lobby, which offers light meals and snacks. The cafeteria, located on the garden level of the hospital, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vending machines can be found across the hall from the cafeteria. Visitors may also browse through the Gift Shop, next to the coffee shop. Vending machines are located near the visitor elevators on each floor.

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PREPARING FOR SURGERY

Pre-Admission Testing

Several days before your surgery, someone from the hospital's Pre-Admission Testing Center will call to pre-register you for surgery and schedule any necessary tests. You will also be scheduled for a pre-admission interview, where you will share information about your insurance and medical history as well as receive an educational folder with helpful material regarding your surgery and hospital procedures.

If you are coming to Adventist La Grange Memorial for a pre-admission appointment, please bring the following with you:

  • A list of your current medications, including dosages.
  • A list of all previous hospitalizations.
  • Any related orders or papers from your primary care doctor.
  • Your insurance card, if you have insurance.
  • A referral form from your doctor's office, if your insurance policy requires it. A photo I.D. (Drivers License or a State I.D.)

Making Arrangements for a Friend or Family Member to Accompany You

On the day of your surgery, we suggest a friend or family member accompany you to the hospital and remain with you until discharge. If that is not possible, we ask that you provide us with the name of a contact person and telephone number where he or she can be reached. This person should plan to return for you at the time of discharge, as you will not be permitted to drive yourself home. Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital offers free transportation to and from the hospital via the Courtesy Car for patients who live within a five-mile radius as scheduling allows. Keep in mind, however, that day surgery patients may use the service to get home only if accompanied by an adult.

If you would like to take advantage of the Courtesy Car, please call 708-245-8115 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as soon as your surgery has been scheduled.

Surgical admission times begin at 5:45 a.m.
The Pre-Admission Testing Center will provide all information for your admission and final instructions. This will occur at your appointment time or by telephone if you do not come in before your surgical date.

    Please get plenty of rest before your surgery and follow these guidelines after midnight:
  • Do not take any medication unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor or as part of the final instructions provided by the Pre-Admission Testing Center. Do not eat or drink anything, including water, chewing gum or hard candy unless specifically instructed.
  • You may brush your teeth or dentures, but do not swallow any water.
  • Do not smoke. Please refrain from drinking any alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your admission time. Please bathe the evening before or the morning of your surgery, and be sure to remove any cosmetics. Please wear loose-fitting clothing to the hospital.

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SURGERY DAY

What to Bring to the Hospital

Be sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Any medical records or forms your doctor has given you to bring to the hospital.
  • Medications (in their original packages) - only if you have been instructed to do so.
  • Crutches or any assistive devices you need (hearing aids, eyeglasses, etc.).
  • Reading material, a portable radio with headset, or other items to help pass the time before and after surgery (optional).
  • The educational folder that you received at your pre-admission interview.
  • A photocopy of any completed advance directives.

Please do not bring with you valuables, jewelry, large amounts of cash, any electrical appliances, or credit cards.

When You Arrive at the Hospital

Follow instructions given to you by the Pre-Admission Testing Center as to where to report the day of your procedure.

In Your Room

After you are admitted to your room, nursing staff from the Day Surgery Department will confirm important information such as your name, address and medical history, review your educational folder with you, and verify the name of the adult who will accompany you home after your surgery. Also, you will be asked to read and sign a form that explains discharge recommendations and to sign a form that gives consent to undergo surgery.An anesthesiologist will then meet with you to discuss your surgical procedure, anesthesia and answer any questions you may have. Your doctor may place you on intravenous (IV) fluids or another kind of medication before surgery. After you have been medicated, it is important that you follow the safety measures found in your educational folder.

Before your surgery, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown, remove your dentures, glasses, contact lenses and jewelry and empty your bladder.

In the Operating Room

After you have been taken to the operating room, you will be brought into the pre-operative holding area. There a nurse will go through a pre-surgery checklist with you and double-check important information such as your allergies, when you last ate, whether you are wearing contact lenses, etc. The surgeon and anesthesiologist can answer any questions you have at this time. After other preparations take place, surgery will begin.

You may have as many as two visitors (age 10 and older) during your stay at Adventist La Grange Memorial. During your surgery, they may remain in the surgical waiting area. Afterward, the surgeon will meet with them to talk about the surgery and your condition and answer questions.

After Surgery

After surgery, you will be taken to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or directly to your private room. If you are taken to the PACU, you will be connected to monitoring equipment and may receive oxygen. You may remain in the PACU for up to an hour.

You will be discharged from the hospital once you are able to drink fluids and your symptoms are under control. Before discharge, a nurse will educate you about all aspects of your at-home care, including diet, incision care and other considerations, as well an answer any questions you have.

Your discharge time will be between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., depending on your condition and the instructions of your surgeon. Please make sure that transportation is available during these hours. Remember, you must be accompanied home by a responsible adult.

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GOING HOME

The first 24 hours after your surgery are important for a safe, successful recovery. We strongly suggest that a family member or friend stay with you during that time to make sure you are recovering comfortably and to assist you with anything you need.

During your first 24 hours at home please do not work, drive a car, drink alcoholic beverages or take any medications not specifically prescribed by your doctor. Please refrain from strenuous physical activity, lifting or exercise until instructed by your doctor.In the days following your surgery, the Day Surgery Department will call to ask how you are feeling and answer any questions. Feel free to contact the department at 708-245-6072, Monday through Friday until 7 p.m. with questions concerning your condition or at-home care. Please call your surgeon directly if you have any questions or concerns about your surgery.

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