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Patient Care


Your Healthcare Team
At ETMC Athens, employees wear name tags to identify themselves. Each member of your healthcare team specializes in a field which plays an important role in your healing process.

Your Physician
The care of each patient is ordered by physicians who are granted privileges to practice medicine at ETMC Athens by the Board of Managers. Each member of the medical staff is qualified in his or her respective field of medicine. Your physician oversees your care during your stay at ETMC Athens. He or she will make any necessary arrangements for medications, diets and examinations.

Your Nurse
The ETMC Athens nursing staff is composed of trained professionals committed to planning and providing safe, effective care which is individualized to your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

Your care will be directed and provided by registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and nurse aides. If you have any questions related to your care, please ask to speak with the charge nurse on your unit.


Other Professionals
Numerous other professional and support personnel are involved in providing you with quality care during your stay at ETMC Athens. Food service, medical records, business office, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, cardiopulmonary and many other necessary groups work together to make sure your stay at ETMC Athens is as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

Social Services/Discharge Planning
Our social services staff is available to assist you, at no extra cost, with special discharge planning which may include the following:
  • Guidance on what type of care you will need when you leave the hospital
  • Information about post-hospital care services in our community
  • Arrangements with agencies to provide the services you need
  • Referrals for help with financial planning or counseling and transfers to other hospitals or to a nursing home, as needed.