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Skilled Nursing Unit

If you are hospitalized for at least three days because of an illness or injury, you may reach a point in your recovery where you can leave the SkilledNursingUnithospital but you aren't able to care for yourself at home.

You might need skilled care or some other type of continuous treatment that requires the services of a registered nurse around-the-clock and may include extensive rehabilitation.

Our 18-bed skilled nursing care unit on the fourth floor of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center offers specialized care for these situations.


Because your recovery needs are special, your treatment plan will be developed with your specific needs in mind by our team of nurses, support personnel and staff physicians. An activities director, social worker and rehabilitation personnel are available as needed.


Some examples of problems suitable for care on our skilled nursing care unit include:

  • wounds that are not healing well or need special care
  • pain management
  • IV or nutritional therapy
  • recovery from major surgery, joint replacement, spine, vascular or abdominal operation(s)


Our caring staff will provide services to you until your condition is stable or your rehabilitation potential is reached and you are ready to go home or to another setting for additional care. Patients usually stay on the skilled nursing care unit less than 10 days.