How do I Qualify?


Sometimes during a hospital stay, a patient reaches a point when acute medical care is no longer needed. However, the patient may still require various therapies before he or she is ready for home. 

Patients meeting certain criteria can remain in the hospital as Swingbed patients as long as medically necessary to aid their recovery and prepare for discharge. That criteria includes a three overnight stay in an acute facility, plus one of the following:

  • Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy

  • IV Antibiotics

  • IV Therapies

  • Palliative Care Activity program

Individualized activities are assessed for each swing bed patient. Favorite pastimes, interests and hobbies are taken into account when planning activities.

How do I Pay for it?

Program coverage

Many private insurance companies cover this type of care. Our case manager will assist in contacting insurance providers. The coordinator of the Swingbed Program, Nurse, Case Manager or Social Worker can help you get answers about your insurance reimbursement for the Swingbed Program. Your physician and the hospital’s healthcare team can provide you information about your health needs.


Benefits of the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Swingbed program include:

  • You can stay close to home to recover from your illness or surgery in a safe environment.

  • We have 24-hour registered nurse (RN) coverage every day of the week to provide compassionate care.

  • Access to a skilled healthcare team including: physicians, nurses, nurse, assistants, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, speech therapy,social services and dieticians.

  • Our multidisciplinary team will make goals individualized to your needs and assess your progress during your stay in our Swingbed program.

  • Our friendly discharge planning team will arrange for supportive services, such as home health, nursing, supportive care, or other services you may need at the time of your discharge. 

How do I Arrange a Stay?

Anyone can contact SGCMH regarding our Swing Bed program. Patients who are at another facility should request that the case management or social services department contact our Swing Bed coordinator to arrange a stay. Once we have received the referral, our team will review your medical record to see if you qualify.

Length of SWING BED stay

The patient’s doctor and certain medical information determines how long patients stay in the hospital in the Swing Bed Program. Patients in the program continue to be seen by their doctors and should discuss their treatment plan with them. The physician collaborates with the healthcare team to determine a patient’s needs. The healthcare team includes the nurse, social worker, dietitian, therapists, and the activities director who meet weekly to discuss a patient’s progress and prepare him or her for discharge.


At Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, patients in the Swing Bed Program remain on the medical/surgical wing. You may not even move to a different room or bed. The same staff that cared for you during acute phases of your illness or recovery will continue to care for you as a Swing bed patient. For more information or to register a patient contact us.

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