Providing exceptional, patient-centered care is the focus of all our services at Gritman Medical Center. Nowhere is that more true than in our in-patient services.
The physicians, nurses and other staff who care for you work together as a team. You are an important part of that team, as well. Your needs are at the center of every decision and one way we keep you involved and informed is through bedside reporting. This occurs when there is a shift change or transfer of patient care. Your two nurses meet in your room with you. Information about care, needs, medications, diet and any other issues are discussed and you are included. Family is welcome to stay during report, if you desire.
Our nursing staff works closely with the physicians to provide the best care possible. Inpatient care can also include physical, occupational, speech and massage therapy, as necessary for the best recovery. Patient-focused dieticians work directly with you to establish nutritious, appropriate diets. Specialized ostomy and wound care is available to inpatients and outpatients.
All nurses on the Medical/Surgical Unit are required to hold certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. All Certified Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses are certified in Basic Life Support and Crisis Prevention Intervention.
All nursing staff is required to complete annual continuing education courses.
The number of nurses with department-specific certification is growing. While this is not a requirement of general nursing, it is encouraged at Gritman as yet another way to provide exceptional patient care.
Unexpected changes in your health can happen suddenly while in the hospital. Gritman’s Rapid Response Team is prepared to stabilize you should your condition require it.
Anyone, including doctors, nurses, family or visitors, can call a Code White emergency by calling 0 on any in-house phone. You will tell the operator you are calling a Code White and give your location, which is clearly posted in all patient rooms.
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Because companionship is proven to aid in healing, Gritman encourages visitors as long as a patient’s condition allows. For the safety of our patients, visitors after 9 p.m. will be asked to sign in at the main registration desk. Flowers and gifts are available at Bertie’s Gift Shoppe, located just inside the main entrance of Gritman Medical Center.
Loving support from friends and family is key to recovery. Gritman supports CaringBridge, a free online service where you, the family of a patient, can create a website to update other family members and friends about a patient’s condition. Visit CaringBridge to learn more.
Thank you for choosing Gritman Medical Center for your healthcare needs. Your satisfaction is important to us and we are asking for your help. Some patients may receive a telephone survey. We use the results of this anonymous survey to help us improve care and services. We greatly appreciate your taking the time to give us valuable feedback.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our department or the services provided, please call me.
Niki Walker, director