Sakakawea Medical Center

Swing Bed

Participating in your care

What is the Swing Bed Program?

The program provides temporary nursing home care in a hospital setting for a variety of patients who need this care. Examples of people who may benefit from this include patients transferred from another hospital to the Swing Bed program to complete their recovery, patients who have been hospitalized and need any additional time to receive physical therapy or other treatment before they are discharged, and persons requiring care until a nursing home bed is available. Swing Beds also can provide relief to persons who are caring for a family member at home.

For more information on the Swing Bed Program, contact
Marcie Schulz, RN Director of Patient Care
Amy LaValie, LSW

What services are offered?

Who benefits from the Swing Bed Program?

Advantages of the Swing Bed Program

Patients will be given the best care in a hospital setting and with the possibility of being seen more frequently by their physician.

The Swing Bed Program will better utilize hospital staff, services and beds, thus making the hospital more cost effective. In some areas, it may even ensure the continued existence of the rural hospital.

Financial Information

The Swing Bed Program stay can be paid in a variety of ways, commercial insurance, medicare, medicaid, workmen's compensation or self pay. Also some nursing home insurance policies pay for Swing Bed care. Our insurance department can answer any questions you may have. The cost of the Swing Bed Program per day is comparable to nursing home costs.