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September 2011
MHC Fall Newsletter 2011


Continued Rehabilitation can occur close to home~

Swing Bed Program at Mahnomen Health Center

                The swing bed program at Mahnomen Health Center is an in-between stage for recovering patients. No, it is not a specific kind of bed. The swing bed program offers care to patients who no longer need acute hospital care but are not ready to go home because they still require skilled services.

These services may include physical, occupational or speech therapy, skilled nursing, IV medications, wound care, social services, registered dietetic services, housekeeping and laundry, says Rita Moen, Licensed Social Worker at MHC. Swing bed patients are also encouraged to participate in nursing home activities like bingo and musical events.

To be eligible for the swing bed program, patients need to have been in the hospital for at least three days and still need skilled services. The patient and his or her family may ask about swing bed and discuss it with their doctor and social worker, who decide if there is medical necessity and if the patient has insurance coverage. Once approval is given, the patient’s status changes to swing bed. The patient may even stay in the same room where his or her acute care was given.

Discharge planning is a big part of the swing bed program. Moen stated that MHC doesn’t want to discharge someone and then have them unable to care for themselves when they get home. MHC assists many discharged patients with setting up services such as: home health, life alert, meals on wheels, housekeeping services, outpatient therapy and any other service that helps them “live as independently as possible,” said Moen.

The swing bed program is great for orthopedic surgery patients, such as knee replacements or hip surgery. They can receive therapy in the hospital until they can move well enough to go home. The swing bed program is also great for patients who need daily dressing changes on wounds or who are on IV medications. According to Moen, “we provide the services they need much closer to home” during the recovery process.

                Swing bed is not recommended for those who still need acute hospital care, or for those who do not need skilled services but just do not want to go home.

                Medicare will cover 100 percent of the swing bed program for the first 20 days as long as the patient has a skilled need. After day 20, there is a co-pay. MHC is one of the few hospitals that accept medical assistance as payment for their swing bed program, explained Moen.

                For more information about the swing bed 

program contact Rita Moen, LSW at 935-2511 ext. 431,

or call Terri Bergerson, Director of Nursing ext. 423.


          STEMI          Heart

Pressure or tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, pain in your shoulder or arm, sweating, sometimes nausea and back or jaw pain, all of these could be signs of a heart attack. If you suspect you are having a heart attack, contact 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest hospital.

Here at Mahnomen Health Center we recently underwent training for STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction), a severe heart attack caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply that affects a large area of the heart. A heart attack calls for quick response by many individuals and systems to get the best care quickly.

On March 28, 2011 many of our staff went through a STEMI Protocol taught by Mindy Cook, STEMI Coordinator, RN at Sanford Health. Emergency staff and nurses at MHC went through training to increase their knowledge base and tweak their system to get our patients the care they need fast. The STEMI protocol is based on Mission: Lifeline set out by the American Heart Association.

Our goal at Mahnomen is to make timely and appropriate care for STEMI patients and get them to further treatment swiftly. We work to get information gathered and transmitted to the specialty care needed via labs and x-rays being sent electronically. Often information is there before the patient even arrives at Sanford. 

Here at Mahnomen Health Center we are determined to deliver the care needed in an emergency and get you to further treatment as quickly as possible.

For more information on STEMI ask your doctor or check out the American Heart Association website:

Mahnomen Area Pediatric Enhancement Project Grant

Mahnomen Health Center is pleased to announce that they received a grant to better our ability to offer emergency pediatric services. With this grant our Emergency Medical Staff will be undergoing additional training.  The project is called the Mahnomen Area Pediatric Enhancement Project.

Mahnomen Health Center Nurses and EMS staff will be attending multiple training courses including Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), S.T.A.B.L.E. Program, and the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Simulation Center.

Nursing staff attended Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) this past May to kick off our new training. The PALS course is a 2 day course offered by the American Heart Association that gives healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills to better recognize and treat critically ill infants and children.

The PALS course uses a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency management of pediatric patients approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac arrest.  The course covers treatment beyond the first few emergency minutes and goes through stabilizing patients or transport phases of a pediatric emergency, in or out of the hospital.
Later this year Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Staff will attend ALSO, S.T.A.B.L.E. Program and the Children’s Hospital Simulation Center.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) helps physicians and other health care providers develop and maintain the knowledge and skills they need to effectively manage potential emergencies during the perinatal period. The ALSO program emphasizes labor and delivery room emergencies. As well as emergency care, ALSO covers other parts of the care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program was developed to meet the educational needs of health care providers. S.T.A.B.L.E. education is critical to the mission to reduce infant mortality and morbidity and to improve the future health of children and their families.
S.T.A.B.L.E. is the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education program to focus exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants.  S.T.A.B.L.E. stands for six assessment and care modules in the program: Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab work, and Emotional support. 

The Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Simulation Center is the first of its kind in the nation to focus solely on preparing physicians and nurses for life-threatening conditions that impact children. The emergency staff at Mahnomen Health Center will undergo simulations

L & L

Lunch & Learns

Every month Mahnomen Health Center will be hosting a Lunch & Learn sponsered by the Susan G. Komen fund. Plan on stopping by the Mahnomen Health Center over your lunch break from 12:00-12:30pm the third Tuesday of every month. We will have a different topic every month and lunch will be provided. So stop by for some great information. At the end of the year there will be a drawing held for attendees to win prizes! Our first Lunch & Learn wass September 20, 2011. Please join us October 18, for the next one!

Mahnomen Health Center Announces New CT Scanner, Lets Doctors Look Closer

X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a medical imaging method of employing tomography created by computer processing. CT scanners compile a series of two-dimensional X-ray images to generate a three-dimensional image. This Fall Mahnomen Health Center is excited to announce we are aquiring a new state-of-the-art, CT imaging system. The new scanner will have a higher splice rating. This means the scanner will take more images per rotation. The new scanner will be faster which can help reduce patient anxiety and stress. The new imaging system will also generate a lower dose of radiation which is a constant goal of Mahnomen Health Center. Radiation of our CT scanner is monitored by Sanford physicist, Brent Colby. Lower radiation levels and faster imaging times are patient friendly. Mahnomen Health Center strives to make sure we have up-to-date technology to better serve our community. We are looking to increase efficiency and maximize patient outcome.