Important Things to Know
Madera Community Hospital FAQs
Visiting the hospital for the first time can be confusing. Our service
driven staff and volunteers are committed to supporting patients, visitors
How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
This depends on your condition. Most patients are “outpatients”,
meaning they are checked-in and discharged from the hospital on the same
day. Patients that stay overnight are referred to as “inpatients”.
Patients do not typically stay in the hospital for longer than two weeks.
How often will I see my physician(s)?
This is dependent on your doctor’s schedule. You can expect to see
your physician at least once per day, and you will have easy access to
hospital staff for the duration of your stay. A nurse can contact your
physician if you have any pressing questions for them.
Will my primary care physician or home caretakers be involved in my care?
While staying at the hospital, your care will be primarily coordinated
by hospital staff. We know people place a lot of trust in their primary
physicians and value their opinion, which is why we maintain contact with
your regular caretakers. We make sure to keep them updated on your condition
and receive their input.
Will you update my family and friends on my condition?
As a patient, you are entitled to doctor/patient confidentiality. Our staff
cannot disclose details about your condition without your express permission.
Loved ones often ask for updates on a patient’s condition, in which
case our staff has to walk a fine line to maintain the integrity of your
privacy. While we cannot always disclose details of your condition without
permission, we may be able to provide general updates to keep them informed.
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Am I only allowed to eat hospital food while staying in the hospital?
Visitors will frequently bring in candy and other treats to patients. You
are not forbidden from eating outside food while staying in the hospital,
but it is imperative that you check with your doctor beforehand. Certain
medications, conditions, and surgeries require patients to stick to a
temporary diet. Deviating from this could result in complications.
While staying at the hospital, your meals will be prepared by our Nutrition
Services Department. Every patient’s meal is created according to
their doctor’s orders.
Can I continue taking my regular medications and herbal supplements while
in the hospital?
You should inform your doctor of any medications you are currently taking
and whether or not you should continue taking them. The same goes for
herbal supplements. Although herbs seem harmless, they can be potentially
dangerous, especially for anyone requiring surgery or taking prescription
Should I tell my doctor or nurse if I’m in pain?
Yes! A surprising number of patients do not speak up when they are in pain.
Your body’s reactions to treatment and medication are very important,
and you should always inform us when you are experiencing discomfort,
even if you believe it is a normal side effect of treatment. There are
many things we can do to help you relieve pain while you heal.
Danita Martinez, our Patient Liaison, provides extra support for patients
and their families. Danita collaborates with your healthcare team to ensure
your comfort, understanding of treatment & medications, resolve concerns
and facilitate special needs. The Patient Liaison is a resource to ensure
you have a positive hospital experience.
Contact the Patient Liaison, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Danita Martinez, LVN
We know you have a choice in where you receive your healthcare. We value
your confidence in our proven clinical capabilities and we make every
effort to provide you with excellent care.
Contact us at (559) 675-5555 for more information.