There are many reasons to have your Surgery, Tests and Treatments at SCBH. JUST ASK…

  • Did you know Swift County-Benson Hospital can provide many of the inpatient, outpatient and surgical services you may need?  JUST ASK your provider if you can be treated close to home at SCBH.
  •  Did you know that hospitals the size of Swift County-Benson Hospital usually have less incidences of staph infection than larger hospitals?  JUST ASK your provider to have your surgery or procedure performed close to home in Benson.
  •  Did you know that all healthcare professional staff in the nation go to the same schools and take the same tests to be certified and registered?  Your nurse may have attended school and taken the certification test with a nurse that works at Mayo, Alina, or Appleton.  JUST ASK your nurse to tell you about that.
  •  Did you know that Swift County-Benson Hospital has an excellent staff retention and education rate.  Our staff comes from the Benson area, not a nurse’s registry.
  •  It’s a proven fact that you will heal faster and have more positive outcomes if you receive visits from friends and family.  Visits to Swift County-Benson Hospital are more relaxed for both patients and loved ones because driving to SCBH is easier and parking is a breeze, especially in the winter.
  •  Based on patient outcomes,  Swift County-Benson Hospital has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation by Thompson-Reuters.
  •  Swift County-Benson Hospital has a new state-of-the-art surgery center.  Skilled doctors from many specialties come to SCBH to perform surgery.  JUST ASK your provider which specialties practice here.
  •  If you have treatments or surgery at Swift County-Benson Hospital you will begin your therapies and treatments with the same professional and continue with the same person until you have recovered.  JUST ASK if you can stay close to home.
  • If you have a problem or a question and have stayed close to home, your doctors and nurses are more accessible to you.  They know you.  You are a person to them, not a condition or a number.  JUST ASK if you can be treated close to home at Swift County-Benson Hospital.



2013 SCBH Board Changes

Hospital, Foundation and Auxiliary Board members give many hours to keep these organizations moving and maintain the vision for the future of SCBH. Thank you seems like such a small thing to say for all the work these people have done for the hospital.

This year we would like to thank our outgoing hospital board members Ed Ulmaniec and Dr. Anthony Hilleren for all the expertise and guidance they have provided to the hospital board. We would also like to welcome Mark Frank and Kory Johnson to the board. We appreciate your willingness to share your time and talents with SCBH.

Helen Claussen, Julie Holte and Julie Zniewski will be leaving the foundation board. Each of these women have been tremendously active on the board and we appreciate everything they have done. New members on the foundation board are Traci Pahl, Jon Hawley and Gary Loen. We welcome you and look forward to working with you as you share your expertise with SCBH.

Many thanks to outgoing Auxiliary Board members Margie DeMarce and Holly Rodahl. They have done an outstanding job. We welcome new Auxiliary Board members Angela Nissen and Angie Mattheisen. 

SCBH Breaks Ground on New Clinic and Rehab Facilities

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Strokes–Signs & Symptoms

May is recognized as Stroke Awareness Month.  According to the CDC, anyone can have a stroke, but certain behaviors and medical conditions can increase your chances. Fortunately, anyone can take steps to lower their risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Electronic Health Records: Securing the Future

Electronic record keeping is not a wave of the future, it’s here right now.  Almost every sector of business: banking, finance, education, retail, government, credit bureaus have moved from paper to electronic records.  The government has recently mandated that health care facilities throughout the U.S. need to be equipped with Electronic Patient Health Records by 2014.  Is this good?  We think so.  Will it take a significant financial outlay to implement Electronic Health Records (EHR) over the next few years?  Most definitely.  There will be a large line in the SCBH budget for hardware, software, consultants and staff training.

Here are some of the ways the EHR will result in more informed  and accessible care for you:

  • John was in St. Paul helping his son build a garage.  He shot his hand with the nail gun and needed to go to the emergency room.  The first question the nurse asked was when he had his last tetanus shot.  John couldn’t remember.  It was easily found in the EHR.   EHRs can bring a patient’s total health information together when and where it’s needed.  No waiting for charts to be found and read.
  • Elaine went to the ER with chest pain.  She had to wait in the ER until her doctor came from home to treat her.  With EHR her doctor could pull up her records from home and consult with the ER staff to order additional testing and tell the ER physician and nurses how to make Elaine comfortable until he or she arrived to treat her. EHR’s enable clinicians secure access to information needed to support high quality and efficient care.
  • Or have you kept a running record of your blood pressure numbers over the years? How about records for your glucose levels or all of your cholesterol numbers?  Or paps smears, PSAs, X-Ray and lab information? Your doctor can easily access your individual health history and prescribe tests or order medications directly from the pharmacy.  It will be easy for your doctor to pull up your record and see the changes over the years.
  • At your annual physical or a hospital stay, you could get a printout of your overall results and everything that you discussed with your physician for your records.  Your individual instructions and information can be printed with reminders for follow-up care.

With EHR, all information is held on-site, AND it is also backed up and held off-site in a central system which allows record sharing. The records will instantly be there for you and your health care providers. They can be shared with other providers and will result in fewer duplicated tests.

“When this is accomplished, providers should be able to access our electronic records from anywhere in the U.S.  This will affect thousands of patients having to travel to see a specialist (at the Mayo Clinic, for example) as well as the “snow birds” that go south for the winter,” added Janine Ellingson, RHIT, Health Information Manager.

Does all this come with privacy concerns?   Yes, certainly.   However, do you remember when the patient records were hung on the end of the hospital bed?    Or put in a holder outside your door in the hospital hallway?  Change is inevitable.  With greater access to data, there is always going to be risk and concern about moving away from the old and embracing the future.  Yes, we have a long way to go, and yes, we will remain vigilant to this change and patient privacy.  Overall, in 2014 when Electronic Health Records are in place, you should be able to see an improvement in the safety, quality and efficiency of your care.

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