Inpatient Nursing

Our nursing staff consists of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants. They are the backbone of the quality care provided to patients admitted to the hospital. Regardless of severity of illness, or intensity of nursing care required, our outstanding staff provides excellent care that is highly rated by our patients. We care for you as our neighbors, friends and family.

To reach a patient, call (785) 282-3742 to be transferred. Our visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Smith County Memorial Hospital offers four levels of care for inpatient needs.

Levels of Care

Acute Care is short term treatment of a severe injury or episode of illness. The goal is to discharge patients as soon as healthy and stable.

Skilled Swingbed is available for Medicare patients who require longer treatment of a skilled need. These are typically patients that no longer are acute, but not quite ready to go home. There must be a qualifying stay of at least three midnights in acute care prior to admission in swingbed.

INF (Intermediate) Care is provided for chronically ill or disabled individuals in which room and board are paid for privately. This type of care is usually provided after a patient’s insurance has run out and the cost of the care is in the patient’s responsibility.

Observation is a level of outpatient service that is considered for any patient who requires continued care but does not meet inpatient admission criteria, or any patient that is expected to improve with treatment over the next 24 to 48 hours and for whom inpatient admission is not required.

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