What to bring
We suggest that you wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled shoes. Please do not bring valuables or large amounts of money as Emerson Hospital is not responsible for any personal belongings or money left in your room.
For the safety of our patients, please do not bring any electrical appliances to the hospital. Battery-operated appliances are allowed. Laptop computers are permitted and wireless Internet access is available throughout the hospital.
Admission for surgery
You may have someone drop you at the Clough Surgical Center entrance. This is a dedicated entrance for our surgical day patients. Parking is available in the parking garage located across from the Clough Surgical entrance. If you are having day surgery, you will check in at the Clough Surgical Center reception desk, on the first floor of the hospital [PDF], on the day of your surgery.
Because each patient and each operation is different, your physician has a specific program outlined for you. You will receive special instructions about food, medication, anesthesia and other aspects of your surgery. Before surgery, you will have the opportunity to meet with your anesthesiologist who will be an integral part of your care team.
After your operation, you will be taken to the newly renovated Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), a special nursing unit for post-operative recovery. From the PACU, you will be taken to a private post-op recovery room in the Clough Surgical Center.
Throughout your time in surgery and the PACU, your family and friends will be kept up to date on your progress through the family liaison assigned to you.
Patients admitted for observation
Your physician may decide to admit you in order to observe the effects of short-term treatments or to administer tests, medications and examinations. You will be assigned to a patient room or to a specific area of the hospital. A typical stay for observation is less than 24 hours, though it may be extended if needed. Patients admitted for observation have the same rights as those admitted for a scheduled stay.