Medical/Surgical Unit

Inpatient Care

The Medical/Surgical Department provides medical oversight for patients with chronic or acute illness and patients recovering from illness or surgical procedures. Our services include acute inpatient care, skilled care, observation, post-surgical care, and respite services.

  • Acute Inpatient Care
    Acute inpatient care includes the full medical support of the hospital. The most frequent types of acute medical needs include respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), stroke (CVA), coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes, cancer and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.
  • Skilled Care
    Acute care patients may be placed in a skilled care for short-term therapy or rehabilitation prior to returning home or going to another nursing facility. Professional nursing care, supportive services, and therapy are combined to transition patients to self-sufficiency.
  • Observation
    Observation patients are placed in the hospital for a short time while the healthcare practitioner decides if the patient is sick enough to need inpatient treatment. Observation patients can sometimes be kept in the hospital for up to 48 hours on observation status for services like cardiac monitoring or diagnostic testing.
  • Post-Surgical
    Patients may be placed in post-surgical care following certain surgeries. The most frequent types of post-surgical care are minor vascular procedures, appendectomies, and bowel surgeries.
  • Respite
    Respite care is the provision of short-term accommodation in the hospital to provide temporary relief to those who are caring for family members, who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.

Patient Rooms

The patient rooms are spacious and include a private bathroom with shower. Each room is furnished with a flat screen TV, a sleeper chair and one additional chair. One of the patient rooms is equipped with a ceiling-mounted lift for transferring and repositioning patients. The state-of-the-art beds have built-in scales, fall monitoring equipment and patient-friendly controls. Supplies are kept in and near patient rooms. Charting stations are located within each room. The result is improved nurse response time and room observations.


Visitors will be greeted at the main desk as they enter the front entrance. The primary waiting area is in the lobby at the front entrance. A second waiting room is located across from the Emergency Department.

For more information about inpatient care at Decatur County Hospital, contact 641-446-4871.