More than a decade ago, Iredell Memorial became the first hospital in North Carolina to apply and receive a Certificate of Need for transitional care, or "short term, long term care." Hospital leadership at that time believed, and state officials agreed, that there was a need between acute hospital care and community skilled nursing home care that simply was not being met.
Soon after, Iredell's 18-bed Hospital-Based Skilled Nursing Facility (HB/SNF) opened to provide short-stay nursing care to patients who are not ill enough to be admitted to an acute care hospital but are too ill to go home or to be cared for in a free-standing traditional skilled nursing facility. HB/SNF expanded to two floors and 48 beds when additional bed licenses were purchased from a local nursing home.
Even though the Skilled Nursing Facility is located within Iredell Memorial Hospital, it is a separate service and the patient's physician must order the admission. However, all of the hospital's services are available if and when needed.
Patients are also invited to take part in daily activities in the One West Dining Room in HB/SNF. These include crafts, games, gospel music, fun classes, Bible study, a breakfast club, weekly church services and family time. Groups such as the Living with Cancer Support Group and Grief Share also hold meetings in the dining room.
To be cared for in this facility, a patient's health needs must meet the federal definition of skilled care. If a patient is accepted for admission and is currently a patient in the hospital, he or she will be discharged from the hospital and admitted to the HB/SNF.
Iredell's HB/SNF is certified by Medicare/Medicaid.