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Hospital Services

Medical/Surgical Services

This unit has 16 single patient rooms available to our patients, which afford privacy and supports individualized care. Each room has a private bathroom. The district team provides care to patients admitted for inpatient services to meet medical or post-operative needs. They also provide care for patients needing short-term observation. Patients served are from 28 days to over 100 years of age.

This department has state of the art equipment and training that supports safety for our patients. Our Telemetry monitoring system affords around the clock cardiac monitoring. Our Registered Nurses are Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified.

Swing Bed Care

Swing bed care involves a team approach to support patients moving towards health goals. When a patient no longer requires acute hospital care, they may qualify for a “Swing” bed. These patients remain in the hospital on the Medical/Surgical department, while they work hard to recover from illness or surgery. This time allows our team of experts to support the patient to function independently. The Case Manager, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologists, Registered Dietitian, Respiratory Care Practitioners, Pharmacists, Registered Nurses and Physicians work as a team to assure the patient in the Swing bed meets every goal set and is ready for discharge from the hospital. Northern Inyo Healthcare District is the only facility in the Eastern Sierra who provides Swing Bed services. If a person from our community has an admission to an out of area facility, they may qualify to come back to Bishop for Swing care.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The ICU has four (4) private rooms, each with the most spectacular view of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Each patient room is equipped with cardiac monitors and state of the art supplies needed to provide safe care to our critically ill patients. This unit provides care to patients from age 18 years and beyond that require close monitoring and high-level medical or post-operative care. Registered Nurses in this area manage patients who may require ventilators or complex medications. These highly trained nurses are Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified.

Hospitalist

Northern Inyo Healthcare District utilizes Hospitalist Physicians to manage most of our hospitalized patients. A Hospitalist specializes in inpatient medicine, acting as a patient’s primary doctor for the patient in the hospital. They round (visit) the patients during the hospitalization assuming responsibility for the observation and treatment of the hospitalized patient.

There are many advantages of hospitalists in the care of hospitalized patients. One advantage is that hospitalists’ have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis. They are more available most of the day in the hospital to meet with family members, able to follow-up on tests, answer nurses’ questions, and simply to deal with problems that may arise. In many instances, hospitalists’ may see a patient more than once a day to assure that care is going according to plan, and to explain test findings to patients and family members.

The patient’s care returns to their primary care physician upon discharge from the hospital.