Community Hospital

Community Surgery Center

“Because where you have your Outpatient Surgery is just as important as who performs it”

Hours of Operation

Pre-admission Department (219) 836-7187
Monday through Friday 8:00am-8:30pm

Surgical and Endoscopy Department (219) 836-1845
Monday through Friday 6:00am-9:00pm

Physician Scheduling (219) 836-0650
Monday through Friday 7:00am-5:30pm

Specialties Include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Bariatric (Lap Band)
  • Cosmetic
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Podiatry
  • Urology

Quality

Community Surgery Center is fully accredited through the Joint Commission and adheres to the strict guidelines required for Medicare certification.  We are proud to be one of the first facilities to be certified by the American Society of Gastroenterology. Community Surgery Center bases our Standards of Care and Practice from numerous professional organizations including the Association of the Operating room Nurses, the American Society of Anesthesiology, and the Association of Perioperative Nurses.  

What to expect before your surgery

Pre-Admission Process:

You will be contacted by one of our experienced Pre-Admission nurses in advance of your procedure.  At this time your nurse will complete a thorough review of your health history along with any medications and/or supplements you may currently be taking.  Your nurse will discuss with you any changes required with your medication dosages, will explain any specific dietary modifications, and will assist you in the coordination and scheduling of any pre-surgical testing that may be required for your procedure.

We will call you on the day before your procedure to verify your arrival time as well as to answer any additional questions you may have.  

Please arrange for a responsible adult caregiver to accompany you to the Center, receive discharge instructions, drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours following your surgery. For your own safety and protection, you will not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle home. The only exception to this is for patients having a local anesthetic only

Special considerations for children:

  • Review of immunization record
  • Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent(s) or Legal Guardian. The Legal Guardian should bring proof of guardianship. Parents are expected to remain in the Surgery Center during the procedure as the staff or physician may need to speak with you.
  • Children are encouraged to bring a favorite toy or blanket with them. Parents are allowed to stay with the child while in the preoperative and postoperative areas

What to expect on the day of surgery

Admission Process:

Upon your arrival to our center we will complete any additional registration that may be necessary.  We ask that you bring with a photo identification and insurance card to expedite this process.
Your admission nurse will then review and verify your health history to assist in preparing you for your procedure.  Some helpful hints:

  • You may bathe the morning of surgery
  • We ask that you do not wear makeup, lipstick, nail polish, and hair spray
  • Valuables such as jewelry contact lenses, purse/wallets are best left at home
  • Wear loose fitting casual clothing that can be easily removed

What to expect following your procedure

You will be given specific instructions from you physician regarding your care upon discharge from the Community Surgery Center.

For your comfort and safety, we remind you of the following:

  • Have a responsible adult stay with you for the first 24 hours following your procedure.
  • Take it easy until your physician says you can return to your normal routine.
  • DO NOT drive, operate machinery or power tools, drink alcoholic beverages, or take any medications not prescribed by your physician for at least 24 hours following your procedure.
  • It is natural to experience some discomfort at the site of the procedure. You may also experience some drowsiness or dizziness depending on the type of anesthesia you receive, and the amount of pain medication you are taking at home.
  • Follow you physician's instructions regarding diet, rest, and medication.
  • Contact your physician if you feel you are having problems after discharge. If you physician is not available, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room
  • It is very important to remember - you must have a responsible adult drive you home after your procedure if you will be receiving sedation or anesthesia.
  • Taxi or public transportation is allowed only for patients receiving local anesthesia or if the patient is accompanied by a responsible adult who will be available to stay with the patient for 24 hours.

The day after your procedure, a nurse form the Community Surgery Center will call to check on how you are doing.  Please note that if your procedure is on a Friday, you will be contacted on Monday.