Your Hospital Stay

Before you are admitted to the hospital, an admissions counselor will call you to obtain preliminary information, provide important information regarding your hospital stay and answer your questions. Your doctor also may schedule routine medical tests, such as laboratory tests or X-rays, before your hospitalization. Other routine tests may be done on the day of your admission.

Admitting Department, Alexander City, Alabama (877) 000 – 0000
Admitting Department, Talladega (877) 000 – 0000

More information about your admission and discharge is available in our Pre-Admission Guides:

Alexander City Pre-Admission Guide
Talladega Pre-Admission Guide
Your Child’s Hospital Stay

If you are scheduled for a surgical procedure, your doctor will schedule an appointment for you with the Prepare Clinic, our anesthesia and surgical evaluation program. The Prepare Clinic will make sure you are ready for surgery and provide tests and blood work.

Prepare Clinic, Alexander City, Alabama (877) 000 – 0000
Prepare Clinic, Talladega (877) 000 – 0000

Discharge

If you need skilled nursing care or physical therapy at home, Care Coordination will help you arrange this service if medically necessary. We also will arrange ongoing hospitalization at a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation hospital if needed. If you have any questions, please call our case managers or social workers in Care Coordination.

If you are not physically able to return home when you are ready to leave the hospital, you may require acute rehabilitation or skilled nursing care in another facility. If your doctor thinks you will need this kind of care, you may wish to visit several facilities before your admission to Russell Medical Center. Our Care Coordination staff can assist you with the process.

Care Coordination (877) 000 – 0000

Hospital Team

When admitted to the hospital, your care will be provided by a team of health care professionals trained to meet your specific medical needs. The following is a brief description of some hospital staff members.

Doctors
Your doctor, sometimes referred to as an attending physician, is responsible for managing your care. If necessary, your doctor may consult with other specialists. Since Russell Medical Center is a teaching hospital, you may be seen by fellows, residents and medical students who work with your doctor. As a result, you receive the benefit of having a number of doctors working together with shared concerns for your well being.

Attending physicians are members of the team that determine and supervise your medical care. Attending physicians also teach other doctors to care for patients. You will be assigned an attending physician. They change periodically, so please ask your nurse or doctor about the scheduled rotation of doctors on your child’s unit.
Fellows are physicians who have completed their residency training and are now receiving advanced training in a specialty. Fellows work with an attending physician and help teach interns and residents under the guidance of attending physicians.
Residents and interns are physicians completing their training. They work under the guidance of attending physicians and fellows.
Nurses
Our nursing staff coordinates and provides care. Many of our nurses have received advanced training in specialized fields.

Charge nurses are responsible for overseeing the nursing care on your hospital unit during a shift.
Clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses with advanced education in special areas. These nurses help coordinate your care.
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in special areas. These nurses have training and skills in assessment, physical diagnosis and managing health needs in their specialty areas.
Patient care managers are responsible for supervising all nursing care on every shift on your unit.

In addition to our nursing staff, other health professionals help to ensure you receive the highest quality of care.
Patient care assistants are trained to help nurses care for you. They work under the supervision of a nurse and provide routine care activities but are unable to give medications.
Patient support assistants help units stay clean and equipped.
Unit coordinators provide clerical support, directions and answer questions for families and visitors.

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