Inpatient Care/Nursing

Whether you stay with us for one day or for longer-term transitional care, you will find that our inpatient care is 100% patient focused. Effingham Health System has a long-standing tradition of caring and as a Joint Commission Accredited healthcare facility, you can be assured that our standards of care are exceptional. We pledge to do our very best to help you and your family during times of illness and recovery.

Inpatient care at Effingham Health System encompasses everything from emergency admissions and overnight observations, to post-surgery, 23-hour admissions, illness and disease management, respitehospitalist and Swing Bed care.

The safety of our patients is our number one priority and we aggressively strive to meet National Patient Safety Goals.

Swing Bed (Transitional Care)

Swing bed nursing care helps patients make the transition from acute care to other appropriate settings depending on the needs of the patient. Many swing bed patients choose Effingham Health System after undergoing a procedure at a larger or tertiary care hospital. Swing Bed patients are in need of intensive, skilled care to make a successful recovery in order to return home.

Our skilled care services include physical, occupational and speech therapy, all available through the Effingham Rehabilitation Center. Additionally, we provide Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and, if needed, continued administration of intravenous medicines. Many of our Swing Bed patients have crossed the acute care bridge and move into a nursing home, such as the Care Center, or into a home-based care setting.

Respite Care

Respite care is offered to any home-based caregiver who may need a break from the intensive, daily effort of tending to a patient. Whenever unexpected life circumstances may arise, whether it is for an out-of-town trip, a special event, or to tend to their own healthcare needs, respite care may be extended for up to 10 days, upon availability, at a rate of about $200 per night for Level I respite care, and $250.00 per night for Level II, including 24-hour nursing services, meals and any necessary administration of medicines and treatments.


When patients are admitted to Effingham Hospital, in-hospital care is managed by a physician called a hospitalist. A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. Hospitalists are proficient in managing a full spectrum of serious adult illnesses.

Effingham’s hospitalist specializes in internal medicine and will work with your physician to ensure a seamless transition from outpatient care to inpatient service.

Studies Have Shown Hospitalist Programs Offer Many Benefits, Including:

  • Enhanced patient care and safety
  • Faster recovery and shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced hospitalization costs
  • Improved patient satisfaction

Coordination Of Your Care At Effingham

Your medical care, satisfaction and safety are our top priorities at Effingham Health System.

Each day during your stay, a hospitalist will visit you to monitor and manage your care, write any additional orders for tests when needed and keep your primary care physician current on your progress and recovery. Throughout your stay he will accompany nurses caring for you and be available to answer questions that you or your family may have.

Your Discharge Instructions

When your care team determines that you are ready to return home, your hospitalist can promptly arrange for your discharge. Once you have left the hospital, your primary care physician will resume responsibility for your medical care. It is important that you follow through with your discharge instructions and make necessary office appointments with your doctor. If you have any questions within the first 24 hours of your discharge from the hospital, please call 912.754.0144.

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