Your surgical experience at Advocate Good Samaritan starts after we get a call from your surgeon's scheduler. To start the process you will be registered by one of our clerks, who will request demographic and insurance information. Your insurer can verify whether Good Samaritan Hospital is included in your network, or you can view participating insurance plans here. You should always check with your insurance provider to verify your coverage for your specific procedure. You may also contact our business office at 630.275.4000.
In addition, some of the care providers who may be part of the surgery team are not employed by Advocate, such as anesthesiologists, and may have separate contracts with managed care plans. Your coverage for these services may be different than the coverage for the hospital, so check with your insurance carrier.
The next step in preparing for your surgery will be to complete a complete health history. The pre-surgical testing (PST) nurse will require key information, including:
- Your medication list, complete with dosages
- Your history of past surgeries and medical conditions
- The names and phone numbers of your doctors
The nurse will use this information, along with orders from your doctor, to determine what testing needs to be scheduled prior to surgery. The PST nurse is in communication with your surgeon's office staff, and has the responsibility to order and evaluate your tests, answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have. The PST nurse will gather all pertinent information and compile your chart prior to the day of surgery.
The decision on where to complete any testing will be decided based on your insurance requirements and/or your preference. You may have the option to choose Good Samaritan Hospital or one of our convenient outpatient centers. The nurse may review your test results or other medical issues with a physician, to determine your readiness for your procedure. If you are scheduled for a procedure at Good Samaritan Hospital, you should review our preoperative instructions. In addition, your PST nurse will review information tailored to your unique situation, including medication instructions.
You will be asked whether you have current advanced directives. These forms are not mandatory, but advisable for adults to have thoughtfully completed. To download the forms click below:
If you need to contact the Pre-Surgical Testing department, call 630.275.2002 Monday through Friday between 8am and 8pm, and Saturday between 7am and 3pm.