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Medical Social Services is a department of professionally trained staff and a member of your health care team. We can help you and your family with the social, emotional, financial and other concerns which often accompany an illness or hospitalization.
Although all disciplines are involved in discharge planning, our Medical Social Services Department takes a leadership role in these efforts. If you feel you have a discharge need that has not been identified or should you have any questions about advanced directives or organ donations, ask your physician or nurse to contact our Medical Social Services Department.
After you are discharged to leave by your physician, it still may be a few hours before you are actually ready to leave. Our staff needs to ensure all follow-up plans are in place which may take up to a few hours to complete. Your nurse will need to review your chart and your discharge orders. Understanding this time element is important so you and your family know what to realistically expect and can adjust your plans accordingly. Please talk to your nurse if you have any questions or concerns.