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Swing Bed at Redwood Area Hospital

When is Swing Bed the right care for you?  If you are recovering from an acute hospital stay or major surgery, but still need some form of daily skilled nursing or skilled rehabilitation service, you may be eligible for “Skilled Swing Bed” care under Medicare or “Transitional Care” under private insurance. “The great benefit of […]

Cancer Treatment without Travel

cancer

When faced with a cancer diagnosis you might assume that your medical care will need to take place far from home in larger medical facilities.  But once a plan is in place, treatments can, in many cases, happen locally at Redwood Area Hospital’s Cancer Care Center. “Chemotherapy is the same, whether it’s administered here or […]

Don’t Wait Until the End. Start the Conversation Early

Kristen Anderson RN Hospice

If celebrating life, creating memories and enjoying the company of family and friends sounds somewhat contradictory to what you imagine for hospice patients, it’s really not. This is the basis for hospice care and what inspires Redwood Area Hospital physicians, volunteers and nurses like Kristen Anderson, RN, CHPN, hospice care coordinator. “There’s a misconception that […]

Bridging the Gap Between Crisis and Home

Sue Nelson RN Home Care

Recovering after hospitalization and/or surgery can be a challenging transition for patients and their families. Injuries, chronic illness and aging can also make it difficult to live at home safely. “Arriving home with new treatments, such as an I.V., new medications, therapy services, as well as physical and mental limitations, can make home feel not […]

Redwood Area Hospital supports Veterans: even at the end of life

We Honor Veterans Logo

As our nation marks Veterans Day on November 11, Redwood Area Hospital is making strides in its efforts to increase Veterans’ access to compassionate, high quality hospice and palliative care for those who are facing serious and life-limiting illness. As part of this effort, Redwood Area Hospital is a part of an innovative program, We […]

C-Section: Know the Facts

Dr. Danielson

When women dream about their ideal pregnancy and childbirth, major surgery rarely enters the vision. While nearly 32 percent of women in the U.S. welcome their baby by C-section, Redwood Area Hospital’s Birthing Center has a C-section rate of about 25 percent. C-sections are performed by Dr. Alan Olson or Dr. David Danielson, who recently […]

Easing the sneezing

Fall allergies

How to survive the fall pollen season We all enjoy the colors of autumn. The leaves start to change, the weather is cooling down, and the fiery beauty of the fall colors come alive. Fall is also the season of weed allergens.  Pollen released by weeds and the harvest pollens of corn, oat, wheat and […]

How do you know if your baby is getting enough milk?

Nursing Baby

Many new mothers, especially nursing moms, have a lot of questions about feeding their baby. One of the biggest worries if often knowing if baby has had enough milk if you can’t measure how much they are drinking. Your baby will let you know when he or she is hungry with feeding cues: Rooting: turning […]

Bringing Comfort Through Quilting

Comfort

A needle and thread are Ellie Balko’s tools  for comfort and healing as she diligently works on projects for Redwood Area Hospital’s Quilts of Caring program. Some days she sews quilt tops, and some days she hand stitches the quilts together, but each day her projects are done with the same goal: comfort. “Feeling cold […]

What’s Going On in Your Colon?

Dr Charles Ulrich

The colon: Five highly productive feet of the human digestive system that people would rather not talk about. When functioning at its best, the colon can process nearly three pints of liquids each day into a normal amount of solids, passed anywhere from three times per day to three times per week. If you don’t […]