Q: What can I expect from a stay at Ringgold County Hospital?
A: To begin with, we don’t have “sick” rooms. All of our patient rooms are referred to as “Wellness Rooms” because that’s our focus: we provide patient-centered care to help people get well again. Each room is designed to feel like a luxury hotel room and has a large private bath with shower. And we believe in tending to both the body and the spirit: on the ceiling above every bed is beautiful “healing” artwork.
The rooms are not only lovely; they’re functional as well. The walls are all curved, which helps to prevent injuries and the spread of infection. And they’re soundproof, so patients aren’t bothered by the activity in the hallways or in the room next door.
In the hospital, patients have access to everything they may need to recuperate: labs, medical imaging, physical therapy, a pharmacy, and other services.
Q: Along with comfort, is there new technology?
A: Built for the present with an eye towards the future, each room is set up to be ready for future technological advances. In-room computers will allow electronic charting and electronic health records, and doctors will be able to pull up X-rays or CT scan images right in the room. Two rooms were created to be specialty care rooms. They will be monitored by physicians and specialists at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Q: What about family members?
A: Patients recuperate more quickly when they’re comfortable and relaxed. Often that means having family with them throughout their stay. Each room has a patient side as well as a family side. If a family member wants to spend the night, they don’t have to sleep sitting up in an old recliner. They can get a good night’s sleep too!
Q: Are the nurses as good as those in a bigger hospital?
A: There are advantages to being in a smaller facility. Because we’re not so big, every nurse has to be both a generalist and a specialist. Our nurses are certified and capable of caring for every condition from pediatrics to cardiac life support. That means you’ll receive the best care, no matter why or when you’re admitted. A low nurse-to-patient ratio also means each patient gets the attention they need.
We serve a smaller community, so we know our patients. Not a number, or even just a name, our patients are our neighbors, our friends, our family. There’s a culture of warmth and genuine concern for all people here.
Q: Does the quality of nursing care really make a difference?
A: Absolutely. Each year in the U.S., 100,000 people die due to surgical infections. Here at Ringgold County Hospital, we haven’t had a single surgical infection in more than two years. Results like that aren’t just luck. It’s a clear demonstration of the training and commitment to excellence found in our entire nursing staff.
Ringgold County Hospital provides:
Acute and Skilled Care: Inpatient hospitalization following surgery and longer-term recuperation and rehabilitation
Central monitoring at nurses station monitoring heart rate and rhythm
Observation: Patients who do not meet inpatient admission criteria, but who need to be observed or monitored for further diagnosis
Hospice: Contract with hospice services to provide end-of-life care or caregiver relief
Outpatient Services: Blood transfusions, antibiotic IV therapy, or wound care services
Respiratory Therapy: Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for respiratory illnesses or disease