TISHOMINGO, Okla. – After 94-year-old Tishomingo resident Virginia Cox underwent a procedure to repair her broken hip last October at Mercy Hospital Ardmore, her family was happy to have recovery options close to home.
After about four days in Ardmore, Cox transferred to the skilled care unit at Mercy Hospital Tishomingo where she stayed for about six weeks.
Jenna Orr, Cox’s daughter, and Orr’s two grown children live in Tishomingo, making it easy to visit Cox several times a day during her stay at the hospital.
“We are 35 miles from Ardmore and having her here in Tishomingo allowed all of my family and her friends to visit,” said Orr. “I have a sister in Shawnee and a sister in Dallas, so this is about halfway between them. They could come up and see mother at any time.”
About Skilled Care
The skilled care program provides additional care or pain management for a patient, like Cox, after a hospital discharge. The program provides a step-down service — or transitional care — after a patient stays at the hospital for three or more days but before returning home.
Through the program, Mercy’s hospital team delivers a variety of services focused on the patient’s recovery so he or she can quickly return home.
Skilled care services include physical, occupational and speech therapies; cardiac monitoring; intravenous (IV) medication administration; daily injections; feeding tube adjustments; respiratory treatments; complex wound care; nutritional counseling; 24-hour nursing care (if medically necessary); and patient and family education for new conditions, such as diabetes or colostomy care.
In addition to the medical services provided, an activities coordinator will also meet with patients to play games, work on puzzles, listen to music, take them on wheelchair rides or simply talk to them. This helps reduce stress and pass the time during their recovery.
How to Get Started
Patients must meet certain Medicare or insurance plan requirements to qualify for skilled care at Mercy. Medicaid does not cover skilled care services. A referral by a provider or a case manager is required.
If you or someone you know is considering skilled care after a hospital stay, ask your provider or case manager about Mercy’s skilled care program requirements and whether there is a location close to your home or to a loved one. In Oklahoma, Mercy offers skilled care services in Guthrie, Healdton, Kingfisher, Tishomingo and Watonga.
Overall, Orr says she is thankful for the skilled care program and the staff at Mercy Hospital Tishomingo.
“We had a great experience there,” said Orr. “Mother was well cared for. I really can’t say enough good things about the experience; we were quite pleased with her care.”
To learn more about Mercy’s skilled care program, contact a case manager at Mercy Hospital Tishomingo at 580-371-2592.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.