Ray County offers local option after surgery

Sometimes the toughest part of getting through the surgery process is the physical therapy that can be required to go home. This can be especially true for older Ray Countians.
Ray County Memorial Hospital has a solution they think can make that transition easier and more meaningful.
Director of Rehab for RCMH Landon Hawkins says the smaller setting the hospital has to offer local patients is more personal.
“In a smaller setting the relationship between patient and therapist is more meaningful,” he says as a patient pokes his head into Hawkins’ office to offer a jab.
The patient is wearing a University of Kansas sweatshirt and takes a friendly jab at Hawkins, who is wearing a University of Missouri shirt. Hawkins says the two go back and forth the couple of times a week the patient comes in for physical therapy.
But some patients cannot get by with outpatient therapy and are required to stay in the hospital after surgery. Hawkins says local patients that have surgery at one of the metro Kansas City hospitals can be transferred to RCMH to recover. It’s called the swing bed program that offers a skilled nursing touch.
Richmond’s Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a highly regarded nursing facility, however Hawkins said RCMH is more for short-term rehabilitation candidates. He said the goal is to get the patient back up on their feet so they can return home.
Hawkins said patients can also be close to home but also have the assurance that if some complication arises, doctors are nearby.
“If something happens you’re alreadyin the hospital,” he said.
Hawkins said using the swing bed program also has its advantages for those who will need home healthcare therapy.
“The same therapist that works on our floor can be the same therapist that goes to your home,” he said. “It can make it more beneficial to you and more comfortable for you because we know you so well.”

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