Swing Bed Rehabilitation Program

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A stay in the hospital can be a difficult time for anyone, especially if an intensive surgery or severe illness was involved. Getting back on your feet during your recovery period can be a trying task, and a little bit of help can go a long way in the coming weeks.

The Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Swing Bed Program exists to bridge the gap between your hospital stay and being ready to function at home. The program provides skilled nursing and therapy care to those who are transitioning from their recovery after illness, injury, or surgery.

What is Swing Bed?

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In many instances, patients are discharged from a traditional hospital setting even though they may still need rehabilitative or skilled nursing care. A Swing Bed Program offers the medical care and assistance in a home-like setting, which best prepares the patient for transition.

At Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, we are proud to offer a comprehensive Swing Bed program to assist our valued patients with their recoveries. Our team of therapists, physicians and nurses provide hands-on support to help patients relearn basic activities, recuperate, and regain their maximum level of independence.

The rehabilitation team’s medical director is a physiatrist. Richard Vermuelen, MD is a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He brings the following to our team:

  • Focused treatment on function
  • Broad medical expertise that allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime
  • Diagnose and treat pain as a result of an injury, illness, or disabling condition
  • Determine and lead a treatment/prevention plan
  • Leads our team of medical professionals, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physicians
  • Extenders to optimize patient care
  • Work with other physicians, which may include primary care physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and many others.
  • Treat the whole person, not just the problem area.

Commonly treated conditions include:
Stroke, Failure to Thrive, Joint Replacement, Fracture, Wounds, Amputation.

We make it our top priority to help our patients feel comfortable walking, dressing, bathing, and eating on their own, whilst encouraging participation in other physical activities.

Patients are requested to wear their own comfortable clothing in order to be able to participate in their rehabilitation therapy. We also emphasize the need to remain social and interactive with family, friends, other patients and staff to enhance both mental and physical recovery.

What Services Are Available While In Swing Bed Care?

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital offers the most comprehensive Swing Bed Program in Manistique, combining the expertise of many different disciplines to ensure all our patients’ needs are covered. These include:

  • Social Services and Discharge Planning
    • Social work is a valuable resource utilized in the swing bed program. Medical social workers arrange all available resources to assist with a patient’s recovery and achieving their optimal well-being.  After completing a comprehensive assessment of a patient’s needs, they work with the patient and their family, other support systems, and other health service providers to coordinate an individualized discharge plan for the swing bed patient. This may include home health services, medical equipment, transportation, home delivered meals, counseling, or other follow-up treatments.
  • 24/7 care with skilled nurses and providers.
    • Skilled nursing services such as wound care and IV therapy
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services
  • Ancillary Services

“I was especially impressed by the program’s team approach”.

Who Is Eligible For Swing Bed Care?

A variety of insurances are accepted, including Medicare, Medicare Plus Blue, Humana and many commercial products.  Our team of experts can assist with this process.

The patient must be covered by insurance and have been admitted:

~to the hospital as an inpatient for at least three (3) consecutive qualifying days before entering the skilled/swing program.
~to the skilled/swing program within thirty (30) days of discharge from the hospital.
~for the same condition for which they were treated in the hospital.
~certified by a doctor as needing skilled services on a daily basis.
~requiring daily skilled services on an inpatient basis (services which cannot be provided in a lesser care setting).

“The entire staff involved in my care was constantly patient, caring, compassionate and encouraging”.

Medicare Skilled Nursing Benefit

Skilled nursing care is approved and paid for by Medicare. It is covered under the Skilled nursing facility benefit.  Factors for determining coverage include an evaluation of the specific illness, care needs and length of stay, all of which will be discussed with the patients through their physician or social services.

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Interdisciplinary team will meet regularly to discuss the patient’s recovery.  When their needs no longer require skilled/swing level of care, we provide assistance in arranging services for home health care, outpatient, or transition into a long-term care facility.
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Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski

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The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps

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Very detailed, very caring and thorough.
I met with Dr. Randall a couple of days ago and was very impressed. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and was receptive to my inquiries. I would highly recommend him as an orthopedic specialist.
Great dr explains everything really good
Dr. Bambang M.D. and team did an excellent job. The procedure I was dreading turned out to be a pleasant experience. I'd recommend SMH.
Dr Madjar is an excellent doctor. He has taken great care of me. He always answers all my questions.
Super nice doctor and nursing staff. I was in and out in record time with fantastic results!
Always awesome and very informative
I was nervous about my procedure yesterday but everything just fell in place with staff working so smoothly and professionally, very competent and personable. Dr Baumbach is very re-assuring, and his staff follows his lead. Very pleasant. We are very blessed not only to have our great facility, but to have so many kind and skilled people!
Nurses and both Dr Bambach and anesthesiologist were very kind and professional.
Andrew is a very knowledgeable PA and willing to share what he knows on any medical issue. He is well read and referred to different articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine for further research if needed.
Gave me the info and asked me if I had any questions
Great, the best!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the positive review! - Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Administration
I recently saw Dr. Schoenow in the ER. I was very fortunate that he was on staff that evening along with nurses Dawn, Elizabeth, and Cheryl. They all worked very quickly and professionally and got me the immediate attention and relief that I needed. I could not be happier with the care I received and I’m very thankful for the ER and imaging staff at SCMH.Yes, I may also be an employee of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, but it’s nice to be able to compliment my coworkers for their hard work and also say that while I was in an unfortunate situation, I received outstanding care which made a bad situation a lot easier to deal with.Thanks again Dr. Schoenow and ER Staff. Thanks for working over and filling in Dawn. I’m so glad you were there.
My youngest child was hurt while we were in town for a wedding. We chose to take her to the Clinic to be seen. They were so sweet, kind, and efficient! Everyone from the receptionist (Heidi), nurse (Breann), doctor (Dennis), and X-ray tech (Steve) were great! They made our Sunday morning trip to the clinic a quick and (mostly) painless event. They got us in and out as quickly as they could and the doctor, Dennis, even called to check on her a few days later. This was hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had in a hospital environment.
Very good Doctor
Very nice bedside manners, all in all just a very good ER doc you can tell he's really concerned about his patients
Dr Schoenow is an excellent doctor. Hospital very clean and friendly nurses and staff
Excellence should be called out. The care my son received from ER staff Dr. Schoenow, Dr. Dums, Nurses Makenzie, Regina, Ann and more was second to NONE! Dr. Schoenow and the ER nurses did not stop even stayed after his shift to get answers that helped my boy. The follow up treatment he received from Dr. Dums and his NP Ellie after his admission was just as amazing. When loved ones get very ill, at times it is thought that a hospital in a larger city could provide better care. In our case this could not be further from the truth! The Doctors consulted with U of M, Green Bay and Marquette bringing “big city Hospitals” to us, who by the way only confirmed what Dr. Schoenow suspected. I always felt comfortable with the staff and knew my son was safe in their care. They educated my wife and I, treated us like royalty and melted our anxieties. WELL DONE!! This is what professionalism looks like.
Response from the owner: Josh, thank you for your kind words. We have the best employees. We will pass along your words of praise. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.
Dr. Schoenow is an excellent physician. He is very thorough. He very open to questions and his answers are concise and thoughtful.
He was great, I was sorry to catch them on a day right after a holiday, but the whole team was great!!
Very professional and helpful and the nurses were great
I love having a hospital in Schoolcraft Co.We are so lucky.I appreciate the passing of the ambulance millagemillage
Wonderful very understanding
Superior quality treatment by a compassionate professional. All our questions were answered. My husband was anxious about having his peg tube removed and the doctor and his staff put us immediately at ease.
Dr.Niemela was great. He communicated well, answered all questions and was very personable. He seems intelligent, organized, and an expert in his field. He made me feel confident in his skills.
Excellent bedside manners. Very efficient staff and no delays for my appointment time.
I received excellent care. I was extremely comfortable, I didn’t feel nervous at all. All the nurses and everyone were so good. I highly recommend Dr. Bambach for any procedure!
I went to Dr Randall in April to have significant rotator cuff damage repaired on my left shoulder. I recently had my 6 month follow-up appiontment and I couldn’t be more pleased with my outcome. All the Physical Therapy staff were great as well. Top notch service from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Rayner took time to hear what was going on with me. I was very pleased and satisfied with the results.
They took very good care of me