Transitional Care Center
Giving extraordinary care
The Transitional Care Center at Owensboro Health is a skilled nursing unit providing short-term care between acute illness or surgery and recovery.
Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day, but the unit’s doors are locked from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to provide additional overnight security. Visitors may gain entrance by using the intercom.
Pets may also visit, with prior permission from a staff member.
The center’s 30 private rooms are located on the third floor and are accessible using elevator C.
Referrals and admission
A physician may recommend transitional care for:
- A hospital stay of at least three days
- Daily inpatient skilled nursing (pain management, terminal care, intravenous medications, wound/ostomy care, observation, teaching)
- Rehabilitative services five days a week (combination of physical, occupational and speech therapies)
The Transitional Care Center is licensed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources and certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources for participation in Medicare. We accept Medicare and third-party payers, (non-Medicaid certified).
Care plans are developed with input from the resident and family, as well as the interdisciplinary team. Residents are encouraged to participate in setting personal goals and to attend weekly care conferences.
Care conferences are typically held on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Social Services staff is available to meet with residents and families at 1 p.m. upon request.
Meals are served at approximately 7:30 to 8 a.m., 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and 5:30 to 6 p.m. A registered dietitian is available for consultation. Snacks and beverages are also available; the dietitian can discuss type of snacks that are appropriate.
Both residents and visitors may eat in the dining room, but visitors must provide their own food or purchase meals in the hospital cafeteria.
One-on-one visits are scheduled with the recreational therapist each week. Residents may take advantage of the activities, posted on the activity board at the nurses’ station. We regularly offer movies, bingo, card games, crafts and entertainment.
Length of stay and discharge planning
A resident’s length of stay depends on the skilled services needed, health progress and physician order. The case manager works with the resident and family at admission to determine a discharge plan.
The majority of residents return home, while some are discharged to personal care facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, or other hospitals.
After discharge, residents are asked to participate in a telephone survey conducted by Press Ganey. Owensboro Health uses these comments, suggestions and concerns to help make improvements so that care will always exceed expectations.