Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Swing Bed Program

Transitioning From Hospital to Home

Most inpatients do not need to stay in the hospital for more than a few days, but this is not always an adequate amount of time for patients to recover from serious illness or injury to a point where they can safely return home. The Swing Bed Program is a Medicare-funded program that provides you with a chance to receive extended care in a hospital setting.

Swing bed is a form of transitional care. Most patients who use this service do so because they need further treatment before they can return home. These patients have already finished the acute phase of their care, meaning they do not need the same rigorous medical assistance they did when they first arrived, but could still benefit from hospital services.

Swing Bed Services

As a swing bed patient, you will continue to have access to many hospital amenities and assistance from nurses and medical professionals. You also will be able to benefit from onsite technology and services while you work on regaining your independence.

Some of the skilled care services offered in swing bed through the Medicare program include:

  • IV therapy
  • Sterile dressing changes
  • Wound care
  • Post-surgical follow-up care
  • Monitoring of a new/changed medication
  • Rehabilitation on a daily basis
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Lab work
  • Nutrition counseling

Our program is designed to be short term, and our team will start planning discharge with you during your time here. Deciding when to leave the hospital will be a collaborative effort between you, your family, your doctor, and the hospital staff.

Our Swing Bed Program Locations

We have 5 locations offering this service. Enter your zip code to find the location nearest to you.

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