The ECMC Admissions & Discharge Process

Whether you’re about to be admitted to ECMC for a planned surgery or an unexpected issue, or you’re anticipating discharge to return back home, there are a number of procedures in place to ensure the best outcome from your time with us. Here, you can learn more about what to expect—including information that your health care team will need to know to help you along the way.


When you’re admitted to ECMC, our team of caregivers will need accurate information about you, including things about your health and insurance coverage. This information helps us make good decisions about your care.

You should be prepared to discuss:

  • Information about your health insurance or health plan coverage
  • Past illnesses
  • Past allergic reactions
  • Medications, vitamins, herbs or supplements you’re taking
  • Any pain or discomfort you’re experiencing
  • Any recent changes in your diet or weight
  • Willingness to receive blood
  • Whether you have any Advance Directives in place
    • Health Care Proxy
    • DNR (Do Not Resuscitate Order)
    • Living Will
  • Recent exposure to a communicable disease, including
    • Measles
    • Chicken pox
    • Tuberculosis
  • Immunization status

This information will help your doctor and team develop a care plan specifically for you.


Just like admissions, your discharge from ECMC is an important part of the process of getting back to normal. 

What You Can Expect:

A discharge planner will be assigned to you once you’re admitted. Together with your doctor and the rest of your health care team, the planner will work with you to develop a safe, appropriate discharge plan, including:

  • Any assistance you’ll need at home
  • Medical equipment
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • Referrals for financial or legal services

Please let your discharge planner know of any assistance you might need in filling prescriptions or getting home/to your follow-up appointments.

Ultimately, the success of your treatment depends on your following medication, diet, and therapy planning. The discharge process is an important part of setting you up for successful outcomes.

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