Your room assignment at our hospital is based on your admitting
diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission. Private
(single bed) and semiprivate (two beds) rooms are available. Medical
insurance usually does not cover the full cost of a private room.
At Paoli, believe it or not, many patients look forward to meal times.
We want your meals to be wholesome, nourishing, and well-balanced,
because we believe they will aid in your treatment and recovery. We also
want you to be able to order each meal when you are ready, rather than
on a regimented meal time schedule.
As part of this effort to provide a superior patient experience, Paoli
Hospital provides the "Just For You" Room Service Program—meals prepared
fresh daily, ensuring the finest quality and delivered within 45 minutes
of placing your order.
Daily Hours of Service:
Breakfast: 6:30 am to 6:30 pm
Lunch/Dinner: 11:00 am to 6:30 pm
Here’s how it works: When you’re ready to eat breakfast, lunch, or
dinner, just dial extension 8888 to place your order. (From an outside
line, please call 484.565.8888.) Our personalized approach to meal time
mirrors our approach to patient care during the entire hospital stay.
Our nationally recognized Magnet®
nurses, highly talented physicians and dedicated staff take great pride
in Paoli Hospital and the care we provide.
Hospital beds are electrically operated, and your nurse or patient care
technician will show you how to work your bed properly. Your hospital
bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bedside rails
are for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day
if you are resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain
All rooms in the hospital are centrally heated and air conditioned. If
your room temperature is not comfortable, please notify the nursing
Calling Your Nurse
A button to call your nurse is located at your bedside. When you press
the button, the nursing station is alerted that you need assistance, and
a light flashes above your door. A staff member will respond to your
signal as soon as possible.
During the Night
Please stay in bed after you have been prepared for the night. Strange
surroundings and sleeping medications may create a hazard if you get out
of bed. For assistance during the night, use your call button.
Fire and Disaster Drills
State regulations require that hospitals conduct periodic fire and
disaster drills. Do not be disturbed if you see or hear a practice drill
in progress. The door to your room may close automatically during these
drills. You will receive instructions from hospital personnel in the
event of an actual emergency.
Be Your Own Best Advocate
Know Your Caregivers
All healthcare workers involved in your care should introduce themselves
when they enter your room, and they should be wearing an identification
badge. Be sure to ask each individual to explain his or her role in your
Understand Your Condition
Ask your doctor or nurse to explain your condition and recommended
treatments. Write down important facts.
Explain Your Current Medications
Tell your doctors, nurses and pharmacists about every medicine you are
taking. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines and
dietary supplements, such as vitamins and herbs.
Understand Surgical Procedures
If you are having surgery, ask for a complete explanation of the
procedure and the reason for it. Make sure that you and your doctor
agree and are clear about what will be done.
Read All Forms
Read all medical forms and ask a doctor or nurse to explain anything you
don’t understand. Do not sign the forms until you are sure you are clear
on the details.
Ask About Your IV
If you are being given medicine intravenously (IV), ask the nurse how
long it should take for the liquid to “run out.” Tell the nurse if it
doesn’t seem to be dripping properly (that is, too fast or too slow).
Request Test Results
If you have a test performed but don’t hear the results, ask for them.
Do not assume that everything is all right just because you don’t hear
Understand Your In-Hospital Medications
If in-hospital medications are prescribed:
Ask for an explanation. When a medication is
prescribed, ask your doctor to explain why. Ask again when you
receive your medicines.
Communicate about allergies and reactions. Make
sure your doctors, nurses and pharmacists know about allergies
and adverse reactions you have had to medicines.
Be sure the medicine is yours. If you do not
recognize the name of a medicine, ask the doctor or nurse to
confirm that the medicine is for you.
Be sure you can read the prescription. If your
doctor writes a prescription and you find it hard to read, ask
the doctor to clarify it.
New Appointments 1.866.CALL.MLH or 484.580.1000
255 West Lancaster Avenue
Paoli, PA 19301
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.