Hospital-Based Skilled Nursing Facility
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 maintained 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.