Chelsea Davis, Physical Therapist

Services

Kimble is licensed for 15 acute care beds, all of which may be used as “swing beds” or skilled nursing beds for Medicare patients who need extra time to heal and strengthen following an acute care stay.  As a result, the hospital can care for many inpatients with acute or chronic medical conditions such as heart attacks, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and influenza, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.  The hospital also provides end-of-life care in rooms designed for the comfort of patients and their families.  Kimble Hospital also offers radiology services as well as physical therapy.

Hospital Services

Kimble Hospital is licensed for 15 inpatient acute care beds, including 5 private rooms and 5 additional rooms that can accommodate 2 patients when needed.  The hospital provides care for inpatients with acute conditions such as heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and influenza, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes. 

One of the patient rooms in the inpatient unit is a special suite for end-of-life care designed to meet the needs of patients and their families.

As part of the Swing Bed Program established by Medicare, all of the acute care beds may be used as skilled nursing beds for qualified patients who require additional inpatient ca

At Kimble Hospital, our nursing staff comprises the heart of our patient care programs. Our compassionate nurses are well qualified and certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC), Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) and Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC). Kimble Hospital nurses provide a wide range of care, education and emotional support to our patients and family members. Our nursing staff is comprised of Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) and Nursing Assistants.

The Swing Bed Program at Kimble Hospital is for Medicare patients discharged from Kimble or any other hospital following an acute illness, injury or surgery, who still need time and physical therapy to heal and strengthen before going home.

The program eases the transition from acute care to home by providing patients with access to highly trained and caring medical professionals right here in Junction!  Medicare patients eligible for swing bed care typically require one or more of the following:

•    Teaching and training to care for a new health problem or condition
•    IV Therapy
•    Physical Therapy
•    Palliative Care (hospice alternative)

To learn if you or your loved one qualify for swing bed services, please contact Sue Gentry, RN, CNO, at 325-446-8148 or Terry Zimmerman, RN, at 325-446-8147.

Caring for our senior adults in a program designed to meet the mental and physical needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.  for more information, visit their webpage by clicking HERE.

The Emergency Department at Kimble Hospital is designated by the State of Texas as a Level IV Trauma Center.  Open 24-hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year, the department is staffed by highly-qualified medical providers and allied staff trained to deliver medical care at all levels.   

The quality of care in the emergency department is enhanced through the use of telemedicine services which bring virtual specialists to assist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

The Emergency Department was part of a multi-million dollar hospital construction project completed in 2011.  It includes two trauma rooms and three exam rooms, and features state-of-the-art medical equipment designed to accommodate additional patients in the event of a disaster.  

The Kimble Hospital Radiology Department offers a full range of diagnostic radiology services – general x-ray, portable X-ray, C-Arm, CT scanning, and ultrasound – on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.  Exams are performed around the clock by a licensed radiologic technologist.  Digital images are immediately available for view by local providers, and are also transmitted electronically to a board certified radiologist who will confirm the interpretation within a few minutes to a few hours.  These images assist the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of patients in both emergency and routine situations.   

Routine or general x-rays are the most frequently performed procedure and are typically used to diagnosis fractures and help detect pneumonia, obstructions and tumors. The portable X-ray is used to take images in the Emergency Department or inpatient unit when it is difficult to transport a patient to the Radiology Department.  The C-Arm is an x-ray unit machine configured in a ‘C’ shape that fits over an exam or surgical table and can be used on a surgical patient during surgical procedures.  
 
CT or CAT scanning produces multiple images of the inside of the human body, like a traditional x-ray, but much more detailed. The scans are one of the fastest and most accurate tools to examine the abdomen, chest, and pelvis and are most commonly used for trauma patients, abdominal pain, chest pain, pulmonary embolisms, and detection of vascular disease that may lead to stroke, kidney failure, or death.  

The 16-slice CT scanner installed at Kimble Hospital provides the medical staff with detailed diagnostic information.  CT scans cost more than x-rays because of the expensive technology, expertise of the operator and work involved in doing a procedure.  

Ultrasound uses sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and liver.  During pregnancy, doctors use ultrasound to view the fetus.  Unlike x-rays, ultrasound does not expose you to radiation.

Contrast Exams:  Some exams may involve the use of contrast agents to help enhance the x-ray, CT and ultrasound images.    

In today’s digital age, all radiology images are stored on a PACs system that makes it easy for our providers to review the image inside the hospital and clinic.  It also makes it possible to electronically transfer those images to radiologists who read the images and provide a specialists interpretation or report.

Kimble Hospital has a full service laboratory that performs a wide range of tests on tissue, blood and other body fluids each year.  Some of the more common tests help providers determine whether or not patients have diabetes, high cholesterol, or infections. But other tests can be critical to determining the cause of abdominal or chest pain.

The professionals who staff the laboratory sometimes go unnoticed, but the role they play is vital to the diagnosis and treatment of disease at the hospital, emergency department and clinics. While education requirements differ, MLTs (medical laboratory technicians) and MTs (medical technologists) perform overlapping functions, including preparation of specimens, operation of automated laboratory analyzers and performance of manual testing. Phlebotomists draw blood samples from patients and may also prepare specimens for medical testing.

The laboratory at Kimble Hospital is CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) certified.

The Physical Therapy Department meets the needs of inpatients, swing bed patients and outpatients who suffer from movement, balance, and functional difficulties that are a result of aging, disease, injury, surgery or environmental factors.  Our dedicated, highly qualified staff works closely with patients and their medical providers to develop a plan that helps restore physical function and overall fitness.  We have a variety of specialized equipment to help produce positive outcomes.

Gastrointestinal specialists see clinic patients at Kimble Hospital and also perform various diagnostic testing of the esophagus, stomach and intestinal tract on an outpatient basis. A special GI procedure room and recovery area has been included in the new facility.

Kimble Hospital offers the Heritage Program for Senior Adults. It is an outpatient service that provides individualized treatment for older adults who suffer from emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders. Medicare and most private insurance plans are accepted. Any concerned individual may refer themselves or someone else to the program, but only a licensed physician can order an admission.

Kimble Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare and services to all patients. However, in order for us to do this, we must keep our hospital financially sound. We accept a wide variety of payment methods, including private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and self-payment. As a courtesy to patients and their families, our business office will submit hospital claims to their insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid on behalf of the patient. To speed up the claims process, it is important that complete and accurate information be given when the patient is admitted to or registered at our hospital.

In order to provide accurate, timely and effective billing, as well as account maintenance, we have teamed with First Party Receivables Solution (FPRS). This billing partnership will provide you with follow up billing services and account resolution for the patient portion of your bill balances. FPRS is located in Greeley, Colorado and is serving as an extension of to our hospital and clinic Business Office. FPRS is NOT a collection agency. They will bill you on a monthly basis to help manage any financial responsibility you may have in association with your hospital or clinic bill.

In order to prevent a delinquent status on your account specific arrangements are necessary. Upon receiving your FPRS billing statement, please contact them at (325) 446-3321 to discuss payment options. FPRS accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover as well as Electronic Funds Transfers from a checking or savings account. You may also pay your bill on line.

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