On a Tuesday, a family member was in hospital in Evansville, Ind., and was to be placed in a swing bed program. My wife convinced the hospital to get her in the Trigg County Hospital swing bed.
I contacted the hospital and was told they had a bed and they were working on getting a doctor to accept her. Later that day, 6:30 p.m., we were informed that a doctor had accepted her but now there wasn’t a bed.
The next morning, the hospital in Evansville contacted the hospital and asked about the swing bed for her. She was then informed that they had a bed, but since there was a new doctor on duty, they needed another approval. Why this was necessary in unknown. Midafternoon, 4:30 p.m., we were informed that the new doctor said they wouldn’t accept her. We now had to jump through hoops to get her into another swing bed program.
I have had one meeting with the administrator and one with the administrator, the doctor in charge of the hospitalist that said yes and then no, and the person sitting in for the person responsible for the swing bed program. The doctor told me that if she had come on Tuesday night, she would have been told to leave the next day. I asked if there was an established criteria and he said no, it was up to the doctor on duty.
Is this the way a program should operate?
Ken Blosser, Hopkinsville