The medical/surgical services department provides medical oversight for patients with chronic or acute illness, and patients recovering from illness or surgical procedures. Our medical/surgical 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.
Acute care patients may be placed in a skilled care room for short-term therapy, or rehabilitation prior to returning home or going to another nursing facility. It’s your right to recover in the facility of your choice. If you or a loved one would be best served recovering in Decatur County, you can request to be referred to Decatur County hospital and utilize our Skilled Care (swing bed) service. We accept referrals from ANY hospital, and will work with your insurance provider. Professional nursing care, supportive services, and therapy are combined to transition patients to self-sufficiency.
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. Patients can be kept in the hospital for up to 48 hours on observation status for services like cardiac monitoring or diagnostic testing.
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.
Our patient rooms are spacious and include a private bathroom with shower. Each room has 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.
For more information about inpatient care at Decatur County Hospital, call us at 641-446-4871.
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. We have a second waiting room located across from the Emergency Department.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, our visitor policy is routinely reviewed and updated to meet current recommendations.
As a result of the overall downward trend in Covid-19 cases in Decatur County, we are implementing an amended visitor policy effective March 1st until further notice. The restriction of visitors in our Emergency Room, Outpatient Clinic, and Infusion area remains the same. Only patients who are being treated will be allowed in those areas, no visitors will be permitted.
In our Medical/Surgical area, we will allow one (1) visitor per patient. This visitor must remain the same throughout the entire patient stay. The person selected as the patient’s visitor will be allowed to visit between the hours of 7:00am and 4:00pm, must wear a face mask at all times while they are within the building, and movement will be restricted to entering and exiting the building and visiting the patient in their room. The visitor will not be allowed in any other areas of the building.
The DCH Auxiliary Just Because Gift Shop will reopen on January 25th with regular hours Monday – Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
The DCH Cafeteria will reopen on Monday, March 1 with regular hours. Click here to learn more.
For those needing assistance with billing questions or payments, please contact the DCH Business Office at 641-446-4871. For all other questions, please contact DCH Administration at 641-446-2339.