Leaving the Hospital

We begin preparing for your discharge on the day you are admitted to FHN Memorial Hospital. In cooperation with your healthcare provider, we may offer a variety of resources for your discharge:

Community Services

Social services are available to help set up or refer you to additional services such as Meals on Wheels, Lifeline, homemaker services or reassurance calls.


When you are discharged from the hospital, we will provide you with discharge instructions which will help you to care for yourself.

Follow-up Tests or Appointments

Your healthcare provider may order follow-up tests or diagnostics to monitor your progress.


If your healthcare provider prescribes medications for home, the prescriptions will be given to you to fill at the pharmacy of your choice.

Referrals and Medical Services

Depending on your needs, your provider may order services intended to help you after you leave the hospital. Some examples of these services are home health care, rehabilitation and durable medical equipment.

Note: If you are a Medicare patient and feel that you have been discharged too soon (premature discharge), call the Quality Improvement Organization at 800-647-8089. If you are a Medicaid patient with this same concern, call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800-782-7860.