Admission/Patient Access

Admission to a Legacy hospital

When you check in, a patient registration specialist will greet you, gather your information and help you with making financial arrangements. Pre-admission nurses are also available to help with your admission and answer your questions — just ask!

Planning for your stay

What to bring:

  • Robe and slippers
  • Toilet articles: comb, brush, razor, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A small amount of cash for miscellaneous needs ($10 or less)
  • Your Medicare and/or insurance card
  • Any medications that your doctor asked you to bring, plus a written list of all the medications you're taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies. Use the form below to help you make your list.
  • Personal Medication Form

What to leave at home:

  • Valuables: jewelry, billfold, purse, credit cards, cash, etc.
  • Electrical appliances: hair dryer, curling iron, radio or clock (battery-operated appliances are permitted).


Please note: We recommend that you leave all valuables at home, but if you do bring a valuable item it should be deposited in the safe in the admitting department. The hospital accepts responsibility only for items deposited in the safe. If you lose something, please notify your nurse right away and we'll make every effort to help you find it.

Information to review

During the admission, you'll receive information about your rights and responsibilities, and about financial matters. This information is also available below so you can review it before your hospital stay.

  • What About My Bill? 
  • Patient Rights 
  • It's OK to Ask 
  • Conditions of Patient Registration 

During your admission, you'll be asked to sign a Conditions of Patient Registration form, which allows your doctor and the hospital staff to provide your care. Permits for minors must be signed by a parent or legal guardian; family members may be asked to sign if you are unable to do so. If you have any questions, just ask a staff member.

Advance Medical Directive for health care decisions

If you're ever unable to communicate your wishes about your medical treatment because of an accident, stroke, coma or other illnesses, an Advance Medical Directive Form can speak for you. It also lets you choose someone to speak for you on your behalf. An Advance Medical Directive is used only when you, the patient, are unable to speak for yourself.

When you're admitted to a Legacy hospital, you'll be given a booklet that contains the Advance Medical Directive form. The form shouldn't be filled out while you're in the hospital. Instead, it should be reviewed and discussed with family and friends once you return home. If you decide to complete the form, remember to bring a copy each time you're admitted to the hospital. It does not need to be notarized.

For difficult medical decisions, our Clinical Ethics Program can help. Just dial "0" from your room and ask for the ethic representative on call. For more information, see Legacy Clinical Ethics Program.

Interpreter services

Legacy has access to interpreters for nearly 200 languages. If you feel more comfortable in a non-English language, we may be able to provide an interpreter. Please tell staff when you make your appointment or when you arrive. There is no charge to you for this service.