Patients of all ages are admitted to Acute Care when they need close monitoring and acute treatment. Medical and nursing interventions are performed often to treat the patient.
A patient is admitted to Observation for a condition that is expected to require hospital care and monitoring for less than 24 hours or it is not clear whether the condition will require the higher level of Actue Care. A patient may be switched to Acute Care if medically necessary.
Swing Bed, or Skilled Nursing, is nursing and therapy care to help patients transition or “swing” from Acute Care to home. Patients may be admitted to Swing Bed while recovering from a major surgery or a medical condition such as a stroke, cardiac or respiratory illness. Patients may be admitted from Acute Care within Lake Chelan Community Hospital or from an outside facility. Please contact our social worker if you are interested in learning more about our Swing Bed program.