Most hospital patients in the U.S. receive a survey after their hospital stay relating to their hospital experience. The independent survey was started by a coalition of medical organizations and government agencies like Medicare and Medicaid to provide transparency for prospective patients. Since the survey started in 2006, Bigfork Valley has been rated at or near the top in the state in most categories, and has achieved high national marks as well.
Patients at Bigfork Valley on unrestricted diets may order room service off a full menu from the Dietary Department. Made-to-order meals are available from 6:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening meal order placed by 4 p.m. Visitors may visit our onsite cafeteria, the Wanigan, during open hours. The meal of the day is available for purchase when the Wannigan is closed.
Patients who have a 3-day qualifying stay in another hospital may request swing bed admission to Bigfork Valley, allowing them to receive skilled nursing care or physical therapy close to home. For more information, contact the hospital nurses' station at 218.743.4491.
Bigfork Valley nursing staff receive ongoing training in infection control methods. In addition, the hospital has a negative pressure isolation room for patients with airborne contagious disease.
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Bigfork Valley opened a new acute hospital care wing in 2006. The hospital is adjacent to the Emergency Department and includes 11 patient rooms licensed for 20 beds.
The hospital is designed to be pleasing and comfortable using subdued earth tones. Rooms have bow windows overlooking the Big Fork River, medical equipment behind cabinet doors and wheelchair-accessible showers.
Additional features in the hospital include a negative pressure isolation room, a specialized tub bath and a patient nutrition room for point-of-use ice dispensing and light food preparation.