Whether someone you know is recovering from birth, surgery, a transplant procedure, or treatment for illness, bring a smile to her face with a greeting card or an electronic greeting card. If you’re not computer savvy, purchase a humorous greeting card at a local retailer or craft one at home.

Things You Will Need
  • Computer (optional)

  • Greeting card with envelope

  • Pen

  • Stamp

  • Hospital address

  • Patient's first and last name

How to Send an eCard to a Hospital Patient

Send an eCard. Hospitals such as Durham Regional Hospital, West Jefferson Medical Center and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital offer eCard services. Family and friends can send eCards to patients for free.

Consider the estimated delivery date. For example, patients at the West Jefferson Medical Center receive eCards weekdays between 2pm and 3pm. Weekend service is not available.

Browse the hospital’s eCard selection. Choose from a variety of themes including get well cards, birthday cards and thinking of you cards.

Enter the patient’s first and last name along with his room number, which for some systems is not required.

Enter a message. Character limits may apply, so stay within the recommended word count.

Sign your eCard with an electronic signature. Provide your contact information including your first and last name, mailing address, and in some cases, phone number.

How to Send a Traditional Card to a Hospital Patient

Seal your greeting card in an envelope.

Address the greeting card to the patient you wish to contact. Writer, “Patient” followed by his legal first and last name. The legal name is necessary so staff can locate the patient in the hospital directory. Print the patient's information at the bottom center of the envelope.

Print the hospital’s physical address directly below the patient’s name. Use the main address listed on the hospital’s website.

Add postage to the top right corner of your envelope.


Many hospitals offer eCard services to patients. There is no charge for delivery.