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Inpatient Unit

Medical, surgical, pediatric, skilled nursing (swing beds), and hospice

The real influence for the design of Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center comes from the patients and caregivers.

Many features and amenities have been incorporated to ensure a quiet, comfortable stay with minimal disruptions and maximum comfort for the best possible patient experience. Get an inside look at a Crossing Rivers Health patient room.

Types of inpatient care available:

Acute care

Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center's team of compassionate health professionals provides care for patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds providing:

  • Close monitoring
  • Special equipment
  • Acute treatment of a condition
  • Surgery

Medical and nursing interventions are performed often to treat the patient. We care for a wide variety of medical and surgical concerns such as:

  • Pneumonia
  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Abdominal surgeries
  • Joint replacements
  • Diabetes
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Special care unit

Our Special care unit, formerly Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is staffed by professionals who use specialized equipment and knowledge to provide advanced medical care.

Special care providers deliver highly specialized nursing care for patients who are seriously ill or injured or are recovering from surgery.

The goals of the Special care unit are to stabilize the patient’s condition and to prevent new complications.

The Special care unit also provides treatment to help the patient achieve the fullest possible recovery.

Inpatient observation

A patient is admitted to observation for a condition that is expected to require hospital care and monitoring for less than 24 hours or if it is not clear whether the condition will require the higher level of acute care.

A patient may be switched to acute care if medically necessary.

Skilled care (Swing bed)

Swing bed, or skilled nursing, is nursing and therapy care to help patients transition, or "swing," from acute hospital care to home or an alternate support environment.

Patients may be admitted to swing bed while recovering from a joint replacement or other surgery or a medical condition such as a stroke, cardiac or respiratory illness.

Patients may be admitted from acute hospital care within Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center or from an outside facility.

Learn more about swing bed

Hospice care

Our nursing staff and medical team collaborate with our hospice department, the hospice patient and the patient’s friends and family.

The care focus is to meet the end-of-life needs and wishes for those patients who are not able to remain at home.

To learn more about Hospice Care please contact, 608.357.2262.

Respite care

Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center offers private pay respite care designed to relieve and support family members and caregivers to meet emergency needs or to ease into alternate living arrangements.

Our nursing staff will perform:

  • Personal care
  • Administer medications
  • Assist in activities of daily living
  • Assist with other individualized patient needs

Respite care is available on a pre-arranged or emergency basis. Please contact patient and family services, 608.357.2000, ext. 2044 for Tara or 2464 for Amanda, for further information.

Transitional Care Management

Transitional Care Management (TCM) is care provided to our patients as they transition from the hospital to their home. Our goal is to ensure they have everything needed to be successful at managing their condition.

Our Transitional Care Nurse assists patients by:

  • Ensuring they are knowledgeable about their diagnoses and medications. Medication teaching includes current medications and those that are newly prescribed as a result of a hospitalization.
  • Familiar with the Patient Portal, which allows access to the patient's medical records at home.
  • Have a one-time home visit for patients upon discharge, to ensure a smooth transition to home and to answer any questions that have arisen after discharge.
  • Making follow-up phone calls after discharge.
To provide optimum care for our patients, nurses and inpatient specialists work closely with multidisciplinary departments, including:
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Speech therapy
  • Nutrition services
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Patient family services

Patients receive individualized care and are involved in all care decisions.

Services offered

  • Continuous cardiac or respiratory monitoring
  • Symptom management
  • Pain management
  • Disease management
  • IV medication or fluid therapy
  • Pre- and postsurgical monitoring
  • Blood product administration
  • Nebulizers or special respiratory treatments
  • Wound care, including wound vacs
  • Physical, occupational, or speech therapy
  • Diagnosis, medication, and discharge education

All services are based on the individual medical needs of each patient.

Inpatient Specialists

Inpatient specialists are committed to providing each patient with the highest level of quality care. They are physicians specifically trained in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. Inpatient specialists work closely with a patient's primary care physician from admission to discharge. They perform examinations, make diagnoses, order tests, and treatments, prescribe medications, develop aftercare plans and oversee the patient's general hospital care.

Learn more about Inpatient Specialists


Rest and sleep are very important for healing, therefore, we observe quiet time each day from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Families of pediatric and hospice patients are encouraged to stay with them throughout their stay.

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