Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A New Way To Check Out of the Hospital

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has opened a new unit to serve patients as they are being discharged from the hospital following an inpatient stay. The new Patient Discharge Center will cater to patients who are awaiting discharge due to transportation or other final discharge arrangements.

Once a family member or friend arrives to pick up a patient from the Patient Discharge Center, they will simply pull up to the entrance on the east side of the hospital (right next to the Emergency Room entrance) and press a button to notify the Discharge Center staff. The staff will then arrange to take the patient to the covered entrance for final discharge. With this process in place, the person picking up the patient will not have to enter the building but may wait there for the patient to be brought out to the car.

Not all patients will go to the new Discharge Center. If the patient has immediate transportation and no other pending discharge issues, he or she will be discharged directly from their patient room and will not go to the Discharge Center. For more information about the Patient Discharge Center, please call 931-783-2217.

Cookeville Regional continues to expand both its facilities and its services. This year the medical center opened its new six-story, 228,000 square-foot North Patient Tower. This new expansion includes a Cancer Center that is three times larger than the former facility, all private patient rooms, a new and expanded Intensive Care Unit, and many more facility improvements to serve both the patients and their families. For more information about Cookeville Regional and the services it provides, visit the website at www.crmchealth.org.