When you are a patient in the hospital, Gritman’s physicians, nurses and staff work together as a team. You are an important part of that team, and we focus on your needs in every decision.
At every shift change or transfer of care, your nurses meet with you to share information about your care, medications, diet and address any concerns you might have.
Our integrated team approach includes not only our nursing staff, physicians and technicians, but also specialized therapists, dietitians and case managers, as appropriate for each patient’s recovery.
All MSU nurses hold certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Our certified nursing assistants and registered nurses are certified in Basic Life Support and Crisis Prevention Intervention. Our entire nursing staff completes annual continuing education courses. Many of our nurses pursue and achieve additional department-specific certifications.
Qualifying patients may be offered swing beds for a longer stay at the hospital, receiving exceptional, patient-centered care. Having a few extra days before discharge gives you and your family more time to adapt to a new care plan and keep you as safe and healthy as possible. With pain management and an expert staff of therapists and nurses, our swing bed services lower the chance of another hospital stay.
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Medicare permits certain small, rural hospitals to use their hospital beds either for acute care or skilled care. The term “swing bed” refers to a physician’s ability to “swing” patients from one level of care to another while staying in the same facility.
Medicare will cover swing bed care if you:
Many private insurance companies cover swing bed care. Gritman Medical Center case managers can help you get answers about your insurance reimbursement for the swing bed program.
As long as the Medicare criteria is met, up to 100 days will be covered. The first 20 days of your stay are covered in full. Any subsequent, consecutive days are covered at 80 percent. If you have supplemental insurance policies, the additional 20 percent may be covered.
Care Management will work with your current hospital to transition you to swing bed care. Please see the packing list below to ensure you have all the items needed for a comfortable stay.
Please label and bring the following items:
Absolutely. You may choose Gritman for continued recovery to be closer to family and friends.
We encourage visitors and companionship, which are proven to aid healing. However, we may limit visitation depending on a patient’s condition. We encourage family members to update friends and relatives on the patient’s condition and needs via CaringBridge.org.
Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but may be limited at the staff’s discretion. Visitors entering the hospital after 9 p.m. must use the call button to enter through the doors to the Emergency Department admitting desk.
If anyone—patient, visitor or staff—experiences a dramatic change in health, including these symptoms:
Anyone at the hospital, including visitors, can call an Emergency Rapid Response by dialing “0” on any house phone. Please clearly say “Rapid Response” and your location or room number, which is posted in all patient rooms. Our Rapid Response Team will immediately respond to help.