Patient & Visitor Information:
Preparing for Hospitalization
Thank you for entrusting your care to our doctors and nurses at Alvarado Hospital. The list below will help you prepare for your hospital stay. We dedicate ourselves to a higher level of service, and should you forget to bring important items from home or have additional special needs, our nursing staff will be available to help you with your requests, as well as the needs of your family and guests.
What to Bring
- Valid driver’s license, passport or other valid form of identification
- A list of medications you are taking, including dosages and directions
- Personal hygiene items
- Comfortable clothing for your arrival and discharge
- Eyeglasses, hearing aids or dentures
- Any personal items you’ll want with you during your stay, such as books or writing materials
- Not more than $20 cash
- Credit card number and expiration date, not the card itself
- Calling card number
- Your health insurance card, or your spouse’s, if applicable
All insurance forms and pre-authorization paperwork
Advance Directive document, if you have completed one. If not, click here to download the document
What Not to Bring
- Credit cards
- More than $20 in cash
- Medications from home (unless otherwise instructed by your physician)
Alvarado Hospital cannot be responsible for valuables brought to our hospital. Should you bring an item of value to the hospital, we recommend you give the item to a family member to take home with them. You can request your valuables be locked in our safe. Our staff will provide you with a receipt so that you can claim your items upon discharge.
Covered parking for patients and their guests is available in the hospital parking garage, located behind the main hospital entrance between the main hospital building and the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute. Other parking is located to the west of the San Diego Rehabilitation Institute and the medical office buildings east of the main hospital on Reservoir Drive. Parking is free. Click here for a map.
Admitting hours: 5 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Saturday: 8 a.m.-Noon
Saturday: 8 a.m.-Noon
Sundays, holidays and after-hour admitting needs are taken care of through the emergency department.
You may pre-register for your hospital stay or outpatient services by calling (619) 229-3120.
When you arrive for your hospital appointment, you will be asked to show your identification and insurance card. We will also inquire about your Advanced Directive and request that you sign consent-for-treatment forms that give us permission to treat you. If there is any money due for your care (e.g., co-payment), you will be asked to pay at the time of admitting.
To make the admission process faster and more efficient, we encourage you to complete the pre-admission process prior to arriving at hospital, including advance payment. In compliance with federal law, you will receive separate bills from the hospital and the physicians involved in your care.
To ensure patient safety and accurate patient identification, you will be given an identification wristband. This wristband must be worn at all times while you are a patient at Alvarado Hospital.
Should you have any questions about the admissions process, please call (619) 229-3120.
The laboratory’s hours of operation are as follows:
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Weekends: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
We recommend that you call for specific visiting information before seeing a patient.
Children are welcome to visit family members in the hospital; however, they must be in the company of a parent or guardian at all times and they are never to be left unattended. To protect our patients and staff members, children and adults who may have been exposed to or have symptoms of any illness, should not be brought to the hospital. No children under the age of 14 are allowed to visit patients in isolation or in the ICU.
All visitors must check in at the front desk in the lobby. No flowers are allowed in the ICU and DOU (definitive observation unit). For questions about visiting hours and guidelines, please call (619) 287-3270.
For your safety and security, all areas of Alvarado Hospital are under video surveillance. The main security number is (619) 229-4530.