Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Program Now Available at Swift County Benson Hospital

As a result of a recently formed partnership with Whitney Sleep Diagnostics & Consultants, Swift County Benson Hospital is pleased to announce its new sleep medicine program.  Patients can now receive diagnosis and treatment for their sleep disorder right in Benson.  Whether you are experiencing symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome or any of the 84 known sleep disorders, you can now receive care without having to leave town.

People who snore excessively or stop breathing during sleep may have sleep apnea.  It is estimated that up to 18 million American adults have sleep apnea.  Untreated sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and work or traffic-related accidents due to daytime fatigue.  If you or someone you care about is having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not waking up refreshed, you can talk with your healthcare provider about sleep.  A simple screening tool available through your healthcare provider’s office can help determine if a sleep study is the best course of action for your situation.

“Sleep medicine continues to grow as a need among our patients, so we’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Whitney, and bring his expertise to our patients.  Of course, patients also benefit from not having to travel,” commented Melissa McGinty-Thompson, Chief Nursing Officer at Swift County Benson Hospital.  “Our patients now have the ability to be tested locally, and receive follow up from their study by the same Board Certified Sleep Specialist that interpreted their sleep study.  Our new sleep program is driven by positive patient outcomes as opposed to simply diagnosing a sleep disorder. Now people living in and around Benson can receive the same, if not better, sleep medicine services as those who live in a major metropolitan area.”

Patients who have had a sleep study in the past, but are either non-compliant with therapy or have questions about their study can talk with their Healthcare Provider about a consultation with a Sleep Specialist.  Whitney Sleep can also help with CPAP questions and supplies.

Patients who wish to have the continuity of care–sleep disorder diagnosed, treated and managed–that Whitney Sleep is able to provide locally, should tell their provider that they would like a referral to the full service sleep lab at Swift County Benson Hospital.

Dr. Courtney Whitney, who oversees all aspects of the sleep program at Swift County Benson Hospital, is a Board Certified Sleep Physician.  In 2004, he opened the Whitney Sleep Center in Plymouth, MN and in 2008 created Whitney Sleep Diagnostics specifically to provide comprehensive sleep medicine services to the rural market.  His decision to partner with rural hospitals allows people living in less populated areas access to all of the benefits of a fully accredited sleep center.

According to Dr Whitney, “The new partnership with Whitney Sleep helps demonstrate the commitment Swift County Benson Hospital has to the community it serves.”

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Help to Eliminate Falls and Accidents at Home and in the Workplace

Occupational Health ServicesThe ability to navigate your home or workplace efficiently is important to one’s overall health.   A home that was once safe can become a hazard to a person in a wheelchair or recently home from the hospital.  Rugs or stairs that were once welcome accents to the home décor can become hard to navigate to person impaired by an accident or stroke.  In the workplace, a mismatch between the worksite design and the person’s abilities can lead to unsafe and inefficient work practices and, ultimately injuries.

Our Occupational Health specialists are able to evaluate your work and home environments and develop a common sense rehabilitation plan for your areas of concern.  If you are interested in more information about  home and workplace Ergonomics and Occupational Health contact the Rehabilitation Center directly at 320-843-1340.

SCBH and the CentraCare Heart Center Proud Partners in the Treatment and Prevention of Cardiac Disease

Cardiovascular DiseaseCardiologists from the CentraCare Heart Center at St. Cloud Hospital visit patients at SCBH every month.  Recently, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital was named one of the “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation” by Truven Health Analytics, a leading healthcare data company.  For its latest independent study, Truven Heath Analytics evaluated outcome data from more than 1,000 top U.S. hospitals and singled out 50 that achieved superior clinical outcomes for cardiovascular health.   The CentraCare Heart Center has also been designated one of the nation’s “100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital” for the last twelve years by Thomson Reuters.


At SCBH, we’re proud to bring you quality specialists close to home.   For information about appointments  call SCBH 320-843-4232

The SCBH Patient Portal is Now Available

Have you been to the hospital lately for a stay, a lab test, or an appointment? You can now get your medical information online at a secure patient site called MyChart and it’s available ONLY TO YOU.  MyChart will contain information such as: future appointments, lab results, allergies and conditions, current problems, a list of the medications you are taking, and your health summary. You can print the information for your files or send it to your physician or other health providers.

Here’s how you sign up for your private MyChart medical record site. Next time you come to the hospital, go to the SCBH Front Desk and fill out a Patient Portal Request form so we can make MyChart available to you. We will then e-mail you a password that will allow you to get into MyChart. You will be able to see your record and change the password to one you can remember. You also have the option to give your family member of legal ward access to your MyChart account by filling out a proxy form.

If you’d like to have the Patient Portal Request form mailed to you, please contact Michelle Nelson at 320-843-1317.

You can access MyChart through a link on the homepage of our website at or the web address

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