Planning for Surgery: Anesthesia Clinic
Anesthesiologists are perioperative physicians, which means that their practice encompasses the entire surgical experience from pre-surgery evaluation to general or regional anesthesia, to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), intensive care unit, or outpatient surgery setting.
Our anesthesiologists take care of the entire spectrum of patients at Sacred Heart Medical Center, including newborns and elderly patients, who may have a wide range of surgeries and medical conditions. It's not unusual for an anesthesiologist to care for patients of all ages and in several surgical specialties in a single day.
Our Quality Assurance (QA) program is one of the most sophisticated in the country. Every patient is followed and every complication is identified using our QA program, which is based on the recommendations of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Once your surgery is scheduled, your doctor will request that you schedule an appointment with the Anesthesia Clinic. Call (866) 907-6329 (toll free) or (541) 686-7166 to pre-register and to schedule your Anesthesia Clinic appointment. Please have your insurance card/information available when you call. You will meet with an anesthesiologist and a nurse. You may also have lab work or an EKG done at this time. This is a good time to ask questions about your hospital stay. Please call as soon as possible after your surgery date is confirmed. Allow two hours for this appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment:
- All current medications, vitamins, aspirin, herbals or supplements that you take. Include dosage and how often you take them.
- Photo ID and insurance cards
- All paperwork given to you by your doctor or other provider. If you received health history and medication forms, please have them completed.
- Any questions for the nurse or anesthesiologist
- Any requested co-payment, if possible. Our staff will be happy to give you a receipt at this time.
- A family member or friend so you have an extra pair of ears
Health Care Decisions
You have a right to accept or refuse any treatment. You can protect this right for the future by completing an Advance Directive. This is sometimes called a “Directive to Physicians,” “Living Will” or “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions.” A time may come when you are ill and cannot speak for yourself. This document allows you to say how, and by whom, you want medical decisions made for you. The staff in Spiritual Care Services (541) 222-2245 can give you more information or help you complete Advance Directives forms. If you already have an Advance Directive, bring it with you to the hospital. It will become part of your hospital record.
Sacred Heart believes that health care includes addressing emotional and spiritual needs as well as the physical conditions of patients. This commitment is expressed in many ways, and especially through the spiritual care services available to patients and their families. To reach Spiritual Care, call (541) 222-2245.