Admissions & Discharge at Memphis

Admissions Information

Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney

Upon admission, patients will be asked if they have a Living Will and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. These documents are important so hospital staff can follow your wishes should you become incapable of making decisions pertinent to your care. If you have a Living Will and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care with you, please ask a staff member to place a copy in your medical chart. If you have forgotten to bring your copy, please express your wishes to your nurses upon admission so they may document the information and notify your physician. It is most important that you make arrangements as soon as possible to have your Living Will and/or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care brought to the hospital to be placed in your medical chart.

Making Your Wishes Known

Should you decide you would like to establish a Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care while you are a patient, please call patient registration at 6-5050 to obtain a copy of the brochure “Making Your Wishes Known.” This brochure does require witnesses and notarized signatures. Neither hospital employees nor volunteers may witness or notarize this document. Please refer to the local phone directory for notaries public.

Discharge Information

Discharge Planning

At Baptist Memphis, we will work to meet your needs while you are our patient and assist you with plans for your recovery and care after you’re discharged. When you leave the hospital, you may not be completely recovered and may need extra attention and care at home. Please tell your nurse you would like to speak with a case manager and/or social worker if you need help in planning for special equipment or needs after you return home. Our staff includes specialists who are committed to helping you plan for your complete recovery.

Checking Out

Procedures for check-out involve your doctors and hospital staff working together. The discharge process involves some or all of the following steps:

  • Your doctor will advise you that you are ready to be discharged from the hospital and will write orders directing the hospital staff to begin the discharge process.
  • Your nurse will act on any orders your doctor has ordered prior to discharge. This could involve final tests or lab procedures that need to be completed prior to your leaving. This process can sometimes take several hours to fully complete.
  • During this process, you are encouraged to contact family members to arrange for transportation from the hospital. If you will be traveling by ambulance, hospital staff will make the proper arrangements.
  • If you don’t have family members available to assist you in getting ready to leave, please let your nurse know.
  • Once you have been officially cleared for discharge, your nurse will need to remove your IV and other medical devices before you leave.
  • Your nurse will discuss with you any physician instructions, such as follow-up visits, and how to take medications.
  • You will be assisted to the door by a member of the hospital staff.

We kindly ask for your patience while we process your discharge from the hospital. We understand your eagerness to return home and also want to ensure you have all the information you need to complete your recovery.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis

6019 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, Tenn. 38120



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