Patient Guide

Thank you for choosing Spencer Hospital for your health care needs.  Our healthcare professionals are dedicated to creating a welcoming, compassionate environment for you while providing you with exceptional health care services.

Some health conditions may require you to stay one or more nights with us. Read more about the various Inpatient Services provided at Spencer Hospital.

Numerous other health care services are performed on an outpatient basis, typically meaning you come to the hospital for a specific procedure, exam or treatment and do not require an overnight stay. Read more about the various Outpatient Services provided for your care.


For anticipated hospital stays, pre-registration is encouraged so that when you arrive at the hospital your registration process will be a quick check-in. If your admission is unanticipated, you will be settled into a patient room and registered. Please bring with you a photo identification card and insurance card.

For surgical procedures, registration offices are conveniently located in the Surgery Center. A registration area is also located in the Emergency Department, specifically for patients in need of emergency services, yet also used for all patients between the hours of 9 PM and 7 AM. For other admissions during business hours, the Patient Registration area is located on first floor.

Valet Parking & Self-Parking

When you arrived at Spencer Hospital, you may use our complimentary valet service which is available each weekday from 5:30 AM – 4:00 PM. This service is free and tipping is not permitted. You may also self-park your vehicle in our visitors’ lot.

Preparing for Your Visit

While Spencer Hospital is ready to provide your health care needs, there will be a few things you can do to prepare for your hospital visit.

  • Please follow the instructions provided by your physician’s office, such as whether not to eat or drink for a specific time period prior to a procedure.  
  • If you have information on any medications you are taking, including medication name and dosage, please bring it with you.  
  • Leave any valuables at home or send them home with a loved one.

Tobacco-Free Facilities

For your health and well-being and for all our patients, tobacco use is not permitted on the Spencer Hospital campus – referring to all buildings, grounds, parking lots and the hospital park – or any of the hospital’s clinic campuses, including Warner Dialysis Centers, Milford Family Care, Sioux Rapids Family Care and Avera Medical Group Spencer.

Privacy Practices

Your privacy is taken very seriously at Spencer Hospital. Special procedures are taken to protect the security of your health information. Learn more about our privacy practices

Patient’s Rights & Responsibilities

As your partner in your healthcare, Spencer Hospital is committed to providing high quality care and services.  This includes striving to keep you well informed to aid you in making decisions about your health care  while treating you with respect and dignity. Read more about your rights and responsibilities

Non-Discrimination & Accessibility

Spencer Hospital and clinics comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.  Spencer Hospital does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Learn more about non-discrimination and accessibility.