Outpatient Information

Outpatient Information

Thank you for choosing Samaritan Albany General Hospital for your outpatient surgery. Our goal is to make your preparation, care and recovery a smooth and quality experience. We want you to be informed about your procedures, self-care instructions and other wellness information.



Preparation

Please pre-register prior to your scheduled surgery date. You may do this in person or by mail. Please also have your insurance information available. You may be contacted by the preregistration staff to obtain additional information and arrange for copayments to be paid prior to your scheduled surgery.

You may have lab, x-rays or other pre-op orders that should also be done prior to your scheduled surgery date.

You will receive a phone call from the Same Day Care staff on the day before your surgery. They will review instructions and give you a time to arrive at the hospital.



Care and recovery

Generally, you will be asked to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled procedure.  Recovery time for surgical patients will vary, depending on the procedure. Recovery time for endoscopy patients will usually be about an hour, but it may vary.

You and your family will be given self-care instructions which are important to follow.

It is very important that you make arrangements for a responsible adult to drive you home after your procedure.  It is also important to have them stay with you for at least a few hours.  



Preregistration

Your physician is responsible for making all necessary arrangements for your stay. You may be contacted by the preregistration staff to obtain additional information and arrange for copayments to be paid, if needed. Samaritan Health Services requires copayments to be paid prior to scheduled admissions. 



Financial arrangements

Please bring any insurance forms and/or identification cards with you to the hospital. These are used by the patient accounts staff to complete the billing process. For detailed information on billing, call (541) 768-4392 or toll free (800) 640-5339. 



Helpful phone numbers

  • Samaritan Albany General Hospital: (541) 812-4000

  • Outpatient Registration: (541) 812-4467

  • Outpatient Surgery Registration: (541) 812-4759