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Inpatient Care

The compassionate care team at The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH) helps patients recuperate after surgery or an illness. The hospital and inpatient nursing unit enables patients to obtain high-quality care close to home. The recently renovated, patient-centered design of the inpatient care department offers an environment that is optimal for healing.

Inpatient Care at ECH: How We Compare

ECH is a designated a critical access hospital (CAH), meaning that we provide essential emergency and hospital services for residents of northern New York. We also provide high-quality rehabilitation services, with the goal of successful transfer of our patients back to their homes after a surgery or illness. 

The inpatient unit at ECH is distinguished by the following:  

  • 25-bed inpatient unit
  • State-of-the art equipment
  • Clean, comfortable patient rooms
  • Registered nurse oversight of patient care
  • Superior staffing ratios
  • 24-hour availability of a physician assistant

Conditions We Treat

ECH’s inpatient care department is able to provide care for acute and sub-acute conditions.

Patients who experience a relatively brief but severe episode of illness or injury receive acute care. This often takes place first in the emergency department and then is followed by a stay in the hospital's inpatient unit.

Sub-acute care is somewhat longer-term and aids in the overall recovery process. The sub-acute program at ECH gives patients the ability to recover from major illness or surgery closer to their home and family.

Following a hip-replacement, knee surgery, stroke or cardiac operation, patient recuperation and therapy can be completed at ECH, saving time and travel expenses. The program provides one-on-one therapeutic care provided by the hospital's physical therapy and rehab departments.

Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Tests & Other Services

ECH’s therapists provide physical, occupational, recreational and speech therapy for patients. Other specialty therapies are also available, based on patient requirements. Each patient receives a comprehensive care plan developed to meet his or her individual needs.

The primary goal of inpatient therapy is to provide treatment so patients can regain their independence by making a safe transition home. To accomplish this, a comprehensive evaluation is performed by a licensed physical or occupational therapist who will design a patient's individual treatment program.

Diagnostic tests and additional consultations are available in order to provide quality care, comfort, and a smooth transition to the home:

  • 24-hour access to labs, radiology services, and the emergency department
  • Additional consultations, including dietary consultation and emergency dental care, as required.
  • Case management and discharge planning to arrange home care and other required services.
  • Hospice and respite care.

Support & Resources

Information for Visitors 

The University of Vermont Heath Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital expanded it visitor policy on June 19, 2020 in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The updated policy includes the following conditions to maintain a safe environment of care for patients, staff, and visitors:

  • Visitors are required to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, fever, and/or loss of taste or smell).
  • Visitors must have their temperature taken.
  • Visitors with COVID-like symptoms or a fever of 100.0, will not be permitted to enter the facility.
  • Visitors will be provided a mask and must wear it for the duration of the visit.
  • Appropriate protective equipment and hand hygiene practices are required. Visitors must wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering a patient’s room.
  • Only one visitor is permitted at a time for each patient. Up to two visitors may visit a patient per day.
  • Visitors are asked to limit time in common areas and maintain social distancing.
  • Visitors may visit between 12:00 and 7:00 PM, for up to four hours.
  • Visitors must be 18 years of age.

One support person, deemed essential to the patient’s care, will be allowed to accompany patients in the emergency department and in outpatient specialty clinics. Support persons must adhere to the guidelines above. Special considerations for pediatric patients, end of life care patients, and patients with an intellectual, developmental, or cognitive disability are included in the updated visitor policy.

Contact Victoria Savage at (518) 873-6377 for additional information about inpatient care and visiting hours. 

Transitions to the Home

At ECH, we engage with the patient and a designated "CARE partner" to ensure the delivery of high-quality care and a safe transition from the hospital back to the home. A CARE partner is someone who can assist the patient throughout the hospital stay and at home.

Hospital staff support CARE partners by keeping them informed of patient progress and coordinating with them to develop a discharge plan. Often, CARE partners help identify the patient and family goals for a safe discharge.

For more information on CARE partners at ECH, please contact our discharge manager at (518) 873-3004.