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Acute Care Services

Ness County Hospital is a licensed Critical Access Hospital with 25 beds dedicated to acute inpatient care. 

Our highly trained team of doctors, mid-levels, nurses, and aides personally attend to individual patient needs and promote the peace of mind needed for rest and recuperation. Our highly-trained medical staff is capable of handling a variety of medical conditions, illnesses, and injuries. In our more than 60 years of treating Ness County and the surrounding area's, residents with acute medical conditions, we have accumulated a wealth of experience and can provide the highest quality of care close to home.

Acute care is a branch of secondary health care where a patient receives active but short-term treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery. In medical terms, care for acute health conditions is the opposite of chronic care or longer-term care.


Swing Bed Services

Ness County Hospital also has Swing Bed services. Swing Bed is a program that allows patients to receive skilled care services at Ness County Hospital once acute hospital care is no longer required, but the patient continues to need services that cannot be easily provided in the patient’s home. The program is designed to assist patients in reaching their highest potential for health and independence prior to returning to their home.

Admission Criteria
Medicare’s qualifications for admission to skilled nursing include:
  • Three-day (consecutive) acute level of care stay within the past 30 days

  • A physician referral for necessary daily skilled service related to hospitalization

  • Medicare Part A (Hospital) Benefit or available days remaining in the current benefit period.

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