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Inpatient Services

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Experience Compassionate & High-Quality Care at NVHC

Our dedicated and caring staff are committed to providing compassionate and high-quality care during your stay with us. North Valley Health Center proudly offers a variety of inpatient services, including, but not limited to:

Acute Care Hospitalization

Acute Care is a branch of health-care where necessary treatment of a disease in which a patient is treated for a brief but severe episode of illness. The average length of stay is 2-3 days. The goal of an Acute Care hospitalization is to discharge the patient as soon as the patient is deemed healthy and stable, with appropriate discharge instructions.


Examples of reasons for an acute care hospitalization include:

  • Pneumonia

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

  • Influenza

  • Dehydration

  • Chest Pain


Our goal at North Valley Health Center is to discharge the patient when their health status is as similar as possible to what it was prior to their stay with us. 


The services provided to patients receive acute care hospitalization services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • IV Fluids

  • IV Antibiotics

  • Medication Adjustments


For more information regarding acute care at North Valley Health Center, call 218-745-4211.

Hospice Care at NVHC

Through contracts with various Hospice Agencies in the area, North Valley Health Center is able to provide inpatient hospice care and support to terminally ill patients and their families when needed. If your loved one is in need of hospice care, please contact one of the agencies below for more information. 


Contracted Hospice agencies in the area include:

  • Hospice of the Red River Valley | Grand Forks, ND 

    • Serving a 60 mile radius of Grand Forks

    • For more information, call (800) 237 – 4629

  • First Care Hospice | Thief River Falls, MN

    • Serving a 30 mile radius of Thief River Falls

    • For more information, call 1-800-237-4629

  • Altru Hospice - Warren Office 

    • For more information, call 218-745-6565


If you have additional questions about hospice care at North Valley Health Center, please call us at 218-745-4211.

Respite Care

Respite Care is a service that provides a short term care stay to a disabled or ill person who is being cared for at home.The purpose of this service is to provide a respite for those who are responsible for providing the care. This service enables caregivers an opportunity for a vacation or simply time off from the responsibilities of caring for loved ones in the home setting.


For more information on NVHC respite care, contact the Program Coordinator by calling 218-745-4211.

Swing Bed Care

Swing Bed is a 24-hour skilled nursing care plus the benefit of “rehabilitation” therapies to help patients transition to home or a long-term care facility. Swing bed can also be utilized to help rehabilitate from surgery, illness or accident. When patients reach the point in their recovery that acute care is no longer necessary, but they are not yet ready to leave the hospital, they can be evaluated for this special program that provides skilled follow-up care.


Swing Beds are commonly used for individuals:

  • Requiring therapy services – Post Orthopedic Surgery.

  • Requiring ongoing IV medication for a specified length of time – Infusion Therapy

  • That need to gain strength after an illness during a stay in the hospital.


Even if the original hospitalization occurred elsewhere, patients may still qualify for our program at North Valley Health Center.


Patients must meet all of the following Medicare guidelines to be eligible for the Swing Bed program:

  • Participation in Medicare Part A or an alternate insurance with skilled care benefits

  • A medically necessary acute hospitalization of at least three days immediately prior to Skilled Swing Bed admission

  • A daily skilled care needed which is directly related to the acute care hospitalization

  • Physician authorization


It is always best to review your insurance plan to determine if you qualify for Swing Bed coverage.

For more information about Swing Bed Care at NVHC, call our swing bed coordinator at 218-745-4211.

Transitional Care

This non-Medicare program is usually used by a patient after an Acute Hospital or Skilled Swing Bed stay. It is designed for patients that do not require daily skilled services, only custodial care. This means a patient needs assistance with personal care such as:

  • walking

  • getting in and out of bed

  • assistance with bathing

  • aid in dressing

  • help feeding

  • toileting assistance


This is generally a self-pay program. However, it may be covered by some private insurances requiring prior authorization.

For more information about transitional care at NVHC, call 218-745-4211.

Acute Care Hospitalization
Hospice Care
Respite Care
Swing Bed Care
Transitional Care
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