Collingsworth General is licensed for 13 acute care beds, all of which may also be used by the hospital’s Swing Bed Program for skilled nursing care. The hospital offers a full complement of inpatient and outpatient Laboratory Tests, Radiology Services, and Physical Therapy Services. The Emergency Department at Collingsworth General is designated as a Level IV Trauma Center staffed by local providers with back up provided by board certified emergency room physicians and critical care nurses through a sophisticated telemedicine service. Collingsworth General also operates Collingsworth Family Medicine, a federally designated Rural Health Clinic.
The Emergency Department at Collingsworth General is designated by the State of Texas as a Level IV Trauma Center. Open 24-hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year, the department is staffed by highly-qualified medical providers and allied staff trained to deliver medical care at all levels.
Through the hospital’s affiliation with Avera eCare, the services of local providers are complemented by those of board certified emergency room physicians and critical care nurses immediately available through telemedicine. At the touch of a button, equipment installed in the hospital’s two trauma rooms is instantly connected by to eCare’s virtual hospital command center through a dedicated fiber optic line.
The vast majority of the nursing staff at Collingsworth General maintains advanced certifications Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation and trauma.
The emergency department room was part of a multi-million dollar hospital expansion project that opened in January 2011. It features state-of-the-art medical equipment designed to accommodate additional patients in the event of a disaster.
Collingsworth General is licensed for 13 inpatient acute care beds, As a result, the hospital can care for inpatients with acute conditions such as heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and influenza, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, etc.
As part of the Swing Bed Program established by Medicare, all of the acute care beds may be used as skilled nursing beds for qualified patients.
At Collingsworth General Hospital, our nursing staff comprises the heart of our patient care programs. Our compassionate nurses are highly-trained and certified in Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation and trauma.
The Swing Bed Program at Collingsworth General Hospital is for Medicare patients discharged from Collingsworth General Hospital or any other hospital following an acute illness, injury or surgery, who still need time and physical therapy to heal and strengthen before going home.
The program eases the transition from acute care to home by providing patients with access to highly trained and caring medical professionals right here in Wellington! Medicare patients eligible for swing bed care typically require one or more of the following:
• Teaching and training to care for a new health problem or condition
• IV Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Palliative Care (hospice alternative)
To learn if you or your loved one qualify for swing bed services, please contact Sarah Jett, LVN, swing bed coordinator, at 806/447-2521. Obtain more information here regarding our swing bed program.
The Collingsworth General Hospital Radiology Department uses many imaging technologies – general x-ray, portable X-ray, CT scanning – on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Exams are performed around the clock by a licensed radiologic technologist. Digital images are immediately available for view by local physicians, and are also transmitted electronically to a board certified radiologist who will confirm the interpretation within a few minutes to a few hours. These images assist the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of the patient in emergency and routine situations. You will receive a separate bill for the radiologist interpretation.
Routine or general x-rays are the most frequently performed procedure and are typically used to diagnosis fractures and help detect pneumonia, obstructions and tumors. The portable X-ray is used to take images in the Emergency Department or inpatient unit when it is difficult to transport a patient to the Radiology Department.
CT or CAT scanning produces multiple images of the inside of the human body, like a traditional x-ray, but much more detailed. The scans are one of the fastest and most accurate tools to examine the abdomen, chest, and pelvis and are most commonly used for trauma patients, abdominal pain, chest pain, pulmonary embolisms, and detection of vascular disease that may lead to stroke, kidney failure, or death.
The 16-slice CT scanner installed at Collingsworth General provides the medical staff with detailed diagnostic information. The CT scans cost more than x-rays because of the expensive technology, expertise of the operator and work involved in doing a procedure.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and liver. During pregnancy, doctors use ultrasound to view the fetus. Unlike x-rays, ultrasound does not expose you to radiation. Ultrasounds are scheduled on a weekly basis.
Contrast Exams: Some exams may involve the use of contrast agents to help enhance the x-ray, CT and ultrasound images.
In today’s digital age, all radiology images are stored on a PACs system that makes it easy for our providers to review the image inside the hospital and clinic. It also makes it possible to electronically transfer those images to radiologists who read the images and provide a specialists interpretation or report.
MRI uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to form pictures of the anatomy, without use of ionizing radiation. Collingsworth General Hospital has an MRI service that can be scheduled on a weekly basis.
Collingsworth General has a full service laboratory that performs a wide range of tests on tissue, blood and other body fluids each year. Some of the more common tests help providers determine whether or not patients have diabetes, high cholesterol, or infections. But other tests can be critical to determining the cause of abdominal or chest pain.
The professionals who staff the laboratory sometimes go unnoticed, but the role they play is vital to the diagnosis and treatment of disease at the hospital, emergency department and clinics. While education requirements differ, MLTs (medical laboratory technicians) and MTs (medical technologists) perform overlapping functions, including preparation of specimens, operation of automated laboratory analyzers and performance of manual testing. Phlebotomists draw blood samples from patients and may also prepare specimens for medical testing.
The laboratory at Collingsworth General is CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) certified.
The Physical Therapy Department at Collingsworth General Hospital (CGH) is staffed by two full-time physical therapists, both with doctorates in physical medicine, and a physical therapy assistant.
Together, the physical therapy staff meets the needs of inpatients, swing bed patients and outpatients who suffer from movement, balance, and functional difficulties that are a result of aging, disease, injury, surgery or environmental factors. Our dedicated, highly qualified staff works closely with patients and their medical providers to develop a plan that helps restore physical function and overall fitness. We have a variety of specialized equipment to help produce positive outcomes.
Nutrition counseling services are often used to help a patient manage a new or existing illness through proper nutrition and portion education. This service is available to both inpatients and outpatients.
Hospital patients with diabetes can also benefit from the services of Kendra Hedrick, a registered dietician, who is also a nationally certified diabetes educator.
Kendra works with patients at the hospital and clinic to help them better self-manage their diabetes and avoid or minimize its many complications. With Kendra’s help both newly diagnosed and established diabetic patients learn how to read their glucose meters, understand their blood sugar numbers, make good food choices and embrace other techniques to help them better self-manage their condition.
Collingsworth General is committed to providing quality healthcare and services to all patients. However, in order for us to do this, we must keep our hospital financially sound. We accept a wide variety of payment methods, including private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and self-payment. As a courtesy to patients and their families, our business office will submit hospital claims to their insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid on behalf of the patient. To speed up the claims process, it is important that complete and accurate information be given when the patient is admitted to or registered at our hospital.
In order to provide accurate, timely and effective billing, as well as account maintenance, we have teamed with First Party Receivables Solution (FPRS). This billing partnership will provide you with follow up billing services and account resolution for the patient portion of your bill. balances. FPRS is located in Greeley, Colorado and is serving as an extension of to our hospital and clinic Business Office. FPRS is NOT a collection agency. They will bill you on a monthly basis to help manage any financial responsibility you may have in association with your hospital or clinic bill.
In order to prevent a delinquent status on your account specific arrangements are necessary. Upon receiving your FPRS billing statement, please contact them at TOLL FREE NUMBER to discuss payment options. FPRS accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover as well as Electronic Funds Transfers from a checking or savings account. You may also pay your bill on line.