Preparing for Your Stay

Nurses with an APD patient during her inpatient stay

At Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, we strive to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Please read the following recommendations to help us ensure the best possible experience for you. We invite you to explore our inpatient newsletter (PDF).

Talk to your physician first

Before you come to the hospital, it is a good idea to talk to your primary care physician about what to expect during your stay. Your doctor will advise you on the likely duration of your visit, what types of tests may be ordered, and the specialists likely to be involved in your treatment.

Checking in

You should check in to Alice Peck Day Hospital at our registration desk. Enter through the hospital’s main entrance, go through the lobby and past the gift shop. Patient registration will be on your right. Please view our campus map and driving directions.

Bring what you need for admission

  • Social security number (SSN)
  • Insurance card
  • Photo identification, such as a driver’s license
  • Cash, check, or major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) to pay for services not covered by insurance

Personal items

  • Toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrush
  • Bathrobe, slippers, and socks
  • Glasses, hearing aids, dentures (your nurse can provide a small storage box)
  • Enough cash to purchase a magazine, snack, or other small item


Bring any prescription medicines you are taking on a regular basis and inform the nursing staff. (Do not take any of your own medications during your stay in the hospital unless you have discussed it with the medical staff first.)

What not to bring

  • Large amounts of cash
  • Valuables such as jewelry
  • Cell phones

Advance directives

In order to have the most comprehensive guidance involving your care, we encourage you to fill out an advance directive. An advance directive is a document that informs your health care provider of the care you wish or do not wish to receive in the event that you are incapacitated and can no longer make decisions on your own. Visit Care Management for more information.