Transitional Care Program
Deer Lodge Medical Center has partnered with Allevant Solutions, a joint
venture of Mayo Clinic and Select Medical, to provide the community of
Deer Lodge with an enhanced Transitional Care program. This program was
created by Mayo Clinic pulmonologist and Allevant Medical Director, Mark
Lindsay, M.D., and is modeled on the successful efforts of the Mayo Clinic
in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Sometimes you need just a little more time to recover. The Transitional
Care program blends skilled nursing and rehabilitation in a caring setting
to help patient's recover and gain strength to return home. Since
each individual is unique, our multidisciplinary team rounds at the bedside
with you, at least weekly, to ensure we meet your needs and goals.
- “Transitional Care is a high quality, evidence-based program for
patients who are well enough to leave a traditional hospital setting but
still have nursing, therapy, or respiratory needs that may not be optimally
met in their homes or skilled nursing facilities.” – Dr. Wayne Martin
How do I qualify for TCU?
- Covered by Medicare Part A or other insurance with hospital based, "skilled-care
benefits" and days available for skilled level of care. Some commercial
insurance offer transitional care services for a limited time.
- Have had at least 3 consecutive mid-nights in an acute care (hospital inpatient)
bed in the last 30 days. If you have been discharged to home from a hospital,
but are having difficulties recovering, you can still be admitted into
- Have an ongoing need that requires skilled care.
- Have a physician order stating a need for daily skilled care.
- Be willing to participate in the daily skilled care program.
How long can I stay in the Swing Bed program?
You can remain in the program as long as you have therapy and rehabilitation
goals to meet. Once you have reached your goals, the patient is able to
return home or explore additional care options.
Our team is especially equipped to meet the needs of even the most complex patients:
- After Complex Surgery
- Wound Care
- Intravenous (I.V.) Medications
- Specialized Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Oversight to support care of patients with respiratory needs like tracheostomy
(breathing) tubes and CPAP/BiPAP.
Some types of patients that could benefit from TCU are:
Patients recovering from joint replacement surgery, stroke, cardiac or
respiratory illnesses, or regain strength and mobility after illness of injury.
Key Features of the Transitional Care Program:
- A personalized plan of care
- Excellent nurse to patient ratio
- Comprehensive model of multidisciplinary bedside rounds that engage you,
your family, and your care team to help you reach your goals
- Hospital level nurse staffing to keep you safe and meet your needs
- Large - private patient rooms
- Promotes a home-like environment accommodating family and individualized
- Our on-site physician, therapy, radiology and laboratory will address all
your medical needs
Patient Success Stories:
Kenny Fleming's TCU Experience
Don Cappa's TCU Experience
For more information, please contact our
Transitional Care Nurse Coordinator, Amy Dreesen, RN, BSN
at (406)-846-7730 or firstname.lastname@example.org