The Observation Program is available at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for
people who need professional supervision in a hospital setting, yet do
not require admission as an inpatient. Normally this program is for 24
hours, but can be extended in some cases.
As a patient, you or your family member may be admitted to the Observation
Program from your doctor’s office, the Emergency Department, Same
Day Surgery or a convalescent hospital.
Reasons for supervision under the Observation Program include:
- Diagnostic work-up performed by a physician
- Unclear diagnosis and condition warrants further observation
- Observation required after completion of testing or other procedure, including
- Physician anticipates patient will respond to treatment in a short time
Hospital charges for the Observation Program are billed as outpatient charges
to your insurance company. Often a co-payment is required of you by the
insurance company. If Medicare is the insurance, Medicare is billed under
Part B and you are responsible for a portion of the charges. The patient
portion may be covered by a supplemental insurance. Observation Program
patients are charged at an hourly rate.