Mariners Hospital

Mariners Hospital Swing Bed/Extended Care Rehabilitation Helps Patients Transition from Hospital to Home

January 4, 2018

MIAMI, FL – January 4, 2017 — Mariners Hospital Swing Bed/Extended Care Rehabilitation program provides an extended care option for patients who are unable to care for themselves at home while recovering from surgery, an illness or injury. A patient’s customized care plan is designed with one goal in mind –– to help patients heal and gain strength in a safe environment so they can return home. Patients recovering from orthopedic surgery, such as joint replacement, or cardiac or respiratory illnesses or those needing IV antibiotic therapy for wound care may benefit from this service.

Patients and their family members are encouraged to participate in the recovery process by partnering with the care team, which may include professionals from a variety of clinical areas such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, nursing care, wound care and dietary. Comfort is an important element in the healing environment. Patients stay in a private hospital room, wear their own clothing and are encouraged to participate in a variety of recreational and social activities. Therapists guide patients through a rehabilitation program that helps them perform daily life activities. The caring staff also provides support and education throughout a patient’s stay.

“Swing bed services provide continuity of care for patients needing additional monitoring and rehabilitation therapy, and it does so in a familiar environment with the same doctors, nurses and therapists they already know and trust,” said Rick Freeburg, chief executive officer of Mariners Hospital and Fishermen’s Community Hospital. “Our highly skilled staff is dedicated to safely transitioning patients from hospital to home.”

Medicare and many private insurance plans often cover Swing Bed/Extended Care. The staff at Mariners Hospital will check a patient’s insurance coverage prior to admission. For more information about Mariners Hospital Swing Bed/Extended Care Rehabilitation services, call the Care Coordination department at 305-434-1625 or 305-434-1658 or visit

About Mariners Hospital
Mariners Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with ten hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has approximately 18,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

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