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Transitional Care

Bridging the need between hospital and home

Our Mayo Clinic-modeled Transitional Care program is designed for patients who are well enough to leave the traditional acute-care hospital setting but aren't quite well enough to go home. These patients still require additional skilled medical care, nursing care or rehabilitation services.

Without a Transitional Care Program, like Morton Hospital's, these patients are typically transferred to out-of-the area nursing homes for their stay. But with Morton Hospital you'll not only be able to recover close to home, you will receive our special brand of personalized care.

Our team is equipped to care for patients with complex needs, all the while providing over twice the nurse-to-patient ratio than found in nursing homes.

Our Transitional Care (sometimes called "Skilled Nursing Facility") unit provides:

  • Hospital-level nurse staffing to keep you safe and help you recover
  • A personalized plan of care
  • Bedside rounds that engage you, your family and your care team to help you reach your goals
  • Intravenous (I.V.) Antibiotics to treat a variety of infections
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Wound care
  • On-site physicians, therapy, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy that will address your specific needs
  • Coordination and ongoing assessment of complex plans of care
  • Planned activities for patients and residents

Getting Jim back on his feet

Jim Williamson, 77, of Randle has two new knees—and a strong respect for Morton Hospital’s staff from the front office person, to the nursing staff, to the rehab services staff. However, he didn’t come by that respect from his surgery experience—Morton Hospital doesn’t do orthopedic surgery. No, Jim came by it after the fact.

Jim has lived in Randle full time for the last 18 years. He first bought an unfinished cabin in 1990 with the idea that he’d live in it after he retired from his position as head of maintenance at a chemical plant. “I retired on August 1, 2000 and I’m still working on the cabin,” he said with a laugh.

A career working in maintenance requires a lot of mobility—bending, lifting, packing, wrenching… and Jim’s knees paid the price for it. He had his 1st knee replacement surgery in August of 2017 and then the second in June 2018, both at St. Clair Hospital in Lakewood. He then spent two weeks at Morton Hospital following both surgeries as a Transitional Care Patient.

In a word, Jim summed up his experiences as both a two-time inpatient and the many weeks of outpatient physical therapy as “Excellent.”

Jim had three different physical therapists during his two hospitalizations—and post discharge at Morton Hospital. He named each one by name and told how accommodating they were to him and his needs. Referring to Chana Albracht, the physical therapist who worked with him most recently, he said, “She is really a top notch therapist.”

But Jim’s compliments don’t end with the Rehabilitation Services Department, they also stretch to those in the admitting office who coordinated the insurance coverage, to the nurses and the nurses’ aids. “Bless their hearts,” he said with a shake of his head. He told how nurse’s aid Sue Dunaway was at the hospital when he checked after his second surgery. “I had two suitcases with me and when I went to PT and came back, both were empty and everything was put away.

“The first time I was here, it was new to me. The second time, I knew what to expect,” he said. “If I had to ring the nurses bell, they were right there.”

Recommendations

“If I had to go back into a hospital, I definitely would come here,” Jim said. “If it was something (Morton Hospital) provided, I’d be here. Why stay in Tacoma or somewhere else when you can be 30 minutes from home?” he questioned.

“I don’t think people in this area really know how valuable you people are here,” Jim said. “You’re a true asset. I consider myself privileged to be among you.”

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