Thank you for choosing Unity Medical & Surgical Hospital as your surgical hospital. Rest assured, the quality of your care is our top priority.
After your doctor has scheduled your surgery, the first step is to call UMSH 574-231-6800 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment to speak with our pre-admission registered nurse. The nurse will gather your medical history, current medications, and request contact information for your primary care physician or other providers you might see. Your pre-admission nurse will go over necessary medical tests and dietary restrictions prior to having surgery.
To preregister for surgery, call Registration at 574-231-6800. Be ready to provide your name, address, next-of-kin, and insurance information.
THE DAY OF THE SURGERY
On the day of surgery, please arrive at the hospital at least one hour and 15 minutes before your scheduled procedure or earlier if your surgeon has indicated.
A staff member will help you change into a hospital gown, robe, and slippers. Do not wear your contact lenses, but you may wear your glasses. If you wear dentures, we may ask you to remove them before surgery. If you wear a hearing aid, you may do so throughout surgery, in most cases. Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.
The person(s) accompanying you may wait in our waiting area during your procedure. Because space is limited, we encourage you to limit the number of visitors in this area and no children, if possible.
The person accompanying you should sign in so your physician and staff members can locate him/her with updates on your progress.
First stop after admission is our Pre-Op Room where you will be interviewed by an operating room nurse. An intravenous line will be placed to provide fluids.
You will have an opportunity to see your surgeon and anesthesiologist before your surgery begins. You will be interviewed and may be examined by the surgical team. Often, these questions may have been asked before. Please be patient with our process as we work together to ensure the safest and most thorough surgical course for you. A registered nurse will stay with you for your entire surgical procedure.
In the operating room, the staff will make you comfortable. You will notice lights over your head and our staff dressed in scrubs, hats, and masks.
Please remember: If you are scheduled for outpatient surgery and undergo general anesthesia or sedation of any kind, you must be accompanied home by a responsible adult.
POST ANESTHESIA CARE UNIT (PACU)
Following surgery, you will be taken to PACU. You will be monitored until the effects of anesthesia wear off. We value our patient’s privacy. For this reason, visitors are not permitted while in PACU. Visitors may see you as soon as you are settled in your hospital room or prepared for discharge (if scheduled for the same day).
If you are scheduled to be discharged the same day of your operation, you can expect to stay in the outpatient recovery area for at least one hour or longer depending on your needs. You will receive written and verbal discharge instructions, prescriptions if prescribed, a beverage, and assistance to the lobby.
A nurse will continuously monitor your recovery. After evaluation by an anesthesiologist, you will be transferred to your hospital room. Your visitors may join you there. A registered nurse will oversee your nursing care needs throughout your hospital stay.
During your stay, your attending physician has overall responsibility for your medical care. You may also be seen by consulting physicians, and our hospitalist.
A registered nurse will oversee your nursing care needs on each shift. You may receive care by technicians and nursing students, who work under the direction of a registered nurse.
All patients admitted to our facility will be discharged daily. Please be sure to make the necessary arrangements for your discharge (to be picked up from the hospital) prior to your hospital stay.