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Discharge Instructions

Once you are discharged, normal checkout time is 11 a.m.

You must have someone to drive you home or accompany you in a taxi.

Before leaving your hospital room, please be sure that you have the following:

  • Written discharge instructions and any prescriptions
  • Personal belongings
  • Any necessary supplies
  • Any flowers or gifts sent to you

To make a payment before leaving the hospital, please call 517-545-6212 or 517-545-6521 to speak with a patient financial counselor. Counselors will take the payment over the phone or make arrangements to meet you. An estimate of your bill may be requested prior to your discharge.

Patient balances may be paid by cash, personal check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

Before you leave the hospital, your doctor and nurse will give you instructions about your prescriptions (if any), special exercises, care of the area of your operation, normal healing, dietary and fluid changes, pain management and when to call a doctor.

Discharge Process
Have your driver park in the visitor lot near the main hospital entrance. If necessary, ask your driver to come to your room to help carry luggage, flowers or other items to be taken home. After you check out of your room and go to the main lobby, your driver may pick you up at the main entrance. Your driver should remain with the car because this is a fire lane and should not be blocked due to fire safety regulations. Vehicles left unattended in fire lanes are subject to ticketing.

Health Center Discharge
You will be discharged home on the same day of your operation. You must have a responsible adult (over 18 years of age) available to care for you after your operation.

When you are awake and stable, you and your companion will be given written instructions and prescriptions.

Our volunteers at the reception desk will be happy to assist you in loading your belongings, helping you into the vehicle and providing a wheelchair if needed. They also can assist you with directions or other needs.

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