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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 and guests.

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.

Will my primary care physician or home caretakers be involved in my care?

While in the hospital, your medical care is directed by a Hospitalist. Hospitalists are Board Certified Internal Medicine physicians who work in the hospital and specialize in the care of hospitalized patients. Focused on your optimal recovery, patients receive timely and efficient care and are then discharged for follow up with your primary medical care provider. Your primary medical provider and subspecialty physicians are consulted on your care plan and have real time access to your medical record, ensuring continuity of care after discharge.

Madera Community Hospital contracts with Arya Medical Group for 24/7 Hospitalist coverage.

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. Read over our privacy policy to learn more.

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 medication.

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.

Patient Liaison

Danita Martinez
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
(559) 675-2573
damartinez@MaderaHospital.org

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.