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Have you ever had a loved one who wasn’t strong enough to return to everyday living following a hospital stay? Then you may be familiar with Girard Medical Center’s Swing Bed program. “Swing Bed" is a term coined by Medicare to describe a hospital room that can switch from acute care status to skilled care status. The actual bed/room does not change; what changes is the level of care that the patient in that room receives.
Did you know that GMC welcomes patients to come here and stay in our Swing Bed program even if their inpatient stay occurred at another hospital? This allows your loved ones to be close to family and friends during rehabilitation, which can speed up recovery. Just ask Edna Meyer’s daughters, Marilyn Yost and Dorene Niederklein. Edna was recently a patient in GMC’s Swing Bed program after an inpatient stay at a neighboring hospital. “We really believe the Swing Bed recovery program for mom was wonderful,” Marilyn said. “The excellent nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, in addition to the home health care that followed made a positive difference in her recovery.” Dorene wholeheartedly agreed saying, “Not only is GMC more convenient for family members, mom was so happy to be surrounded by caring professionals that she calls friends.”
To qualify for Swing Bed, patients must have at least a 3-day stay as an acute patient (at any hospital). The patient must also need some form of daily skilled nursing or skilled rehabilitation service. Medicare will cover Swing Bed services if the patient meets these requirements, has days left in their benefit period available to use, and the doctor determines they need daily skilled care.
Common diagnoses treated in this program include patients with extended therapy needs, orthopedic surgeries (hip/knee replacements), fractures, post-surgical procedures, neurological disorders (stroke), and generalized weakness due to CHF, DOPD, pneumonia, and other chronic conditions.
Besides being close to home, GMC offers plenty of other reasons to choose them. A few examples include but aren’t limited to:
“Our number one goal is to improve our patient’s functional, nutritional and medical health so they can return home,” said Jody Terrill, Swing Bed Coordinator. “Our team will work with the patient and their family to create a treatment plan designed to help achieve their treatment goals and return home.”
Girard Medical Center opened its Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program on September 6th. Two patients began the program on that day and were the first patients in Kansas to try the new cardiac monitoring system (SciFit ERS-2). Angie Mukwindidza, LPN for the Cardiac Rehab program said, “We are excited to be working with this new technology and proud to be the first Kansas hospital to utilize this equipment.”
The program is offered three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Patients can expect to exercise for at least 40 minutes as well as receive education on topics such as nutrition, weight loss, lipid management, diabetes management, stress reduction, smoking cessation, and home exercise.
Most insurance companies pay for Cardiac Rehab if there is a qualifying event or condition such as:
The ERS-2 monitors are about the size of a deck of cards. These cardiac monitors are completely wireless and are attached to the body via a chest strap. “The cardiac monitors are easy for the patients to wear and they are enjoying the absence of electrodes and wires bouncing around while exercising,” said Heather Winter, Respiratory Therapist for the program.
With the recent closing of the Cardiac Rehab program at Mercy Ft. Scott, patients now have another treatment option without having to drive more than 30 miles.
Ask your doctor for a referral
The program requires a doctor referral. Our team will consult with an individual’s doctor and evaluate their health to make sure the program is appropriate
Girard Medical Center
322 N. Hospital Drive
Girard, KS 66743
Ruth Duling moved to Girard in the summer of 1969 when her father accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent of USD 248. She attended 1st through 12th grade in the Girard schools and graduated from PSU with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Ruth and her husband, Dan, lived and worked in the Kansas City area for 9 years and had their three children there. She worked for Hallmark Cards and he taught elementary school in Olathe. Mr. Duling is currently the Director of SEK Interlocal #637 which coordinates special education services for local school districts. They moved back to Girard in July of 1994 when Dan accepted a school administrator position in Pittsburg and have been here since. Their three children are all graduates of Girard High School. Their daughters, Meredith and Natalie, are graduates of Kansas State University and their son is a graduate of Pittsburg State University.
Duling has been with Girard Medical Center for 22 years and was promoted from her role as the Director of Patient Financial Services at GMC. In that role she was responsible for the processes involving Patient Registration, Billing and Collections. She has also been a part of the Administrative Team for several years. Mrs. Duling said she truly enjoys working at Girard Medical Center and the years have flown by. She considers it an honor to be able to help lead the organization along with a fantastic Administrative Team, Board of Directors and Medical Staff. “We have a great group of employees who provide high quality care and take great pride in doing so,” she said.
Regarding the future of GMC, Duling said,
“Our community is so fortunate to have a hospital. We want to continue our commitment to the community by being the first source of healthcare for the people in Girard and the surrounding communities. We have a great team of family practice physicians along with nurse practitioners at our clinics in Girard, Frontenac, Arma and Cherokee. There are a number of specialists who come to Girard to offer outpatient clinics. Our hospital has a 24/7 Emergency Department and a vast array of outpatient lab and radiology testing. We have several surgeons who perform various surgical procedures. In addition, we offer Physical Therapy, Home Health services and Senior Behavioral Health services. If we don’t offer a service that a patient needs, we take great pride in getting them to a facility that does in an expeditious manner.
We will continue to explore new avenues to bring services to the community that will benefit our patient population and our hospital. We’re excited to begin offering Cardiac Rehab in late August or early September. Patients will no longer have to travel out of town to receive that service. There are no specific plans for any other new projects or programs at this time but we are always diligently searching for opportunities that will enhance our current offering and make us the most attractive place to obtain healthcare. We need to do everything we can to keep healthcare dollars in our community. That will make our hospital stronger and our community stronger in turn.
The delivery of healthcare is becoming more and more challenging. Less people have insurance. The patients with insurance generally have very high deductibles and out of pocket expense. A number of years ago, Girard Medical Center became a Critical Access Hospital which means that we are reimbursed for services according to our cost of doing business. However, not all of our costs are reimbursable. We operate on a very slim profit margin. We will be diligent in looking for ways to maximize our revenue so we can continue to be an independent hospital and remain a viable part of the community.”
Duling replaced Mike Payne who retired on September 1st. “It’s been a real privilege to work with Mike, who came to us with a lot of healthcare experience,” she said. “I have learned a lot from him in his time at Girard Medical Center and we’re ready to forge ahead and tackle every challenge that comes our way.”
“Girard is a great community,” said Duling. “I’m proud of that and proud of our hospital.”