Bigfork Valley Acute Care Hospital
The Big Fork River flows on its northward path outside the windows of the inpatient rooms at Bigfork Valley. Inside, the northwoods theme is picked up in architectural and decorating detail: a leaf pattern on the ceiling and carpet; subdued earth tones in blue, green and copper; a fireplace in the family waiting area; a subtle curve to the hallway.
It makes the environment "pleasing and comfortable for our patients," explained Director of Patient Care Services Nancy Probst.
But under the attractive surface is an advanced patient care unit. Wood cabinet doors, for instance, slide into their cabinetry to reveal outlets for oxygen and other medical use. Above the recessed doorways is a coded patient call light. Rooms have private wheelchair-accessible shower areas and baths, and there is a second sink in the room for handwashing.
There are 11 rooms for 20 licensed beds in the inpatient wing, designed for acute care, swing bed and transitional use. Each room has built-in cabinetry for patient belongings, an enclosed television unit and storage for items like extra blankets.
One room is designed to be an isolation room, with a negative air pressure to ensure infection containment. At the other end of the hall is a large single room designed in size, lighting, and amenities to accommodate labor and delivery.
Another specialized tub bath is available to patients; one that actually moves so that a patient can be transferred to the bath in the seated position. The tub also moves up and down.
Although meals are prepared in the facility kitchens, there is a patient nutrition room for point-of-use ice dispensing and light food preparation.
Several portable computer stations are available to doctors and nurses to accomodate bedside entry of information. Bigfork Valley uses electronic records to facilitate immediate access to patient information by those requiring it for patient care.
Bigfork Valley is ranked by its patients as one of the top hospitals in Minnesota for the hospital patient experience. Read more...