Meriter Hospital 202 S. Park Street Madison, WI 53715 Telephone: (608) 417-6027 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you are a patient in the hospital, tell your nurse or physician that you would like to meet with a member of Patient & Family Services. You may also contact our department directly from your room by dialing #76027. A social worker or continuing care coordinator will meet with you in your hospital room, and meet with your family if they are present.
Patient & Family Services is dedicated to helping Meriter patients and their families cope with the variety of emotional, mental and physical issues that may surround and follow a hospital stay.
The Patient & Family Services team is composed of social workers and continuing care coordinators. There is no extra charge to Meriter patients or their insurance companies for services provided by Patient & Family Services.
Our Social Work Services
Patient & Family Services' team of certified social workers provides the following:
Help in coping with emotional concerns related to surgery, chronic illness, terminal illness, alcohol and drug problems, domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect.
Assistance to patients and families adjusting to health changes that are affecting other aspects of life.
Referrals to mental health providers.
Assistance with insurance concerns.
Information about financial resources.
Assistance during the transition from the hospital to an alternative living setting, such as a nursing home.
Information on stress management, including meditation and imagery.
Assistance with end-of-life decisions, including helping patients complete an Advance Medical Directive/Living Will (see above for three forms you can print out).
Referrals to a wide range of community resources.
Our Continuing Care Services
Meriter's continuing care coordinators are registered nurses experienced in home health care, Medicare and insurance coverage for home care services, and community support services available.
Continuing care coordinators provide:
Assistance in planning for continuing care needs after discharge from the hospital, including home care services, nursing home placement, assisted living options, transportation and medical equipment.
Referrals to community resources, including home care agencies, hospice, coalitions for older adults, mobile meals and LifeLine.
Our Services Surrounding Pregnancy and Parenting
Meriter's perinatal social workers help individuals and families respond to the issues that emerge during pregnancy through an infant's first birthday. Some of the concerns are related to:
Premature and sick newborns
Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy
Emotional adjustment to becoming a parent
Perinatal social workers are also available to assist families coping with the death of a baby, or loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or stillbirth. Our staff strives to reach each and every grieving family from the time of the baby's death, through the period of grieving, and for as long as the family desires.
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