A patient’s first entry to the hospital is generally called an “acute” care admission. Usually the patient steadily regains their health and the need for extensive care is reduced. Eventually, the patient is well enough to be discharged from the hospital.
However, sometimes a patient may need an extended period of time after the acute phase of an illness to recuperate. This type of medical attention is often referred to as “swingbed” care.
Mitchell County Hospital’s Swingbed Program is a hospital-based skilled nursing program that includes additional rehabilitation services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
“A swingbed care stay at Mitchell County helps provide patients that extended period of time they need to fully recuperate before returning home,” said Carla Beasley, Director of Nursing at Mitchell County Hospital.
Patients in the swingbed program have access to a variety of services, including: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, skilled nursing care, respiratory care, IV antibiotic therapy, TPN and tube feeding, tracheostomy care and wound care and wound vacuum-assisted closures.
Swingbed care at MCH offers patients immediate access to acute or emergency care should the need arise. The program offers 24-hour physician, nursing and respiratory coverage, on-site radiology and laboratory services, a highly trained rehabilitation staff and state-of-the-art safe patient handling equipment.
Because swingbed services are recognized as a cost-effective alternative to acute care hospitalization, Medicare, Medicaid and many commercial insurance plans cover services provided under this program.
“It’s important for our community to know they have access to high quality rehab services locally,” said Beasley. “Our team of highly skilled doctors, nurses and therapists are dedicated to providing our patients the very best quality swingbed care right here at home in Mitchell County.”
To learn more about the MCH Swingbed Program, please visit www.archbold.org/mchswingbed or call Lynn Buckner, Swingbed Coordinator at 229.336.4609.