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SUCCESS STORY: Kathleen Tucker

SUCCESS STORY: Kathleen Tucker

Swing Bed Unit at Methodist Health was a “lifesaver”

“I don’t know what we’d do without our local Hospital,” said Kathleen Tucker. The 87-year-old Morganfield resident had experienced a number of serious health issues in the months leading up to the time she spent as a patient on the Swing Bed Unit at Methodist Health in Union County last June.

She had heart bypass surgery in January, followed by a pacemaker implantation in February. Tucker later experienced two falls, one leaving her with a broken wrist, the other with a sprained ankle. “After being treated in the ER,” she said, “I was admitted to the Swing Bed Unit where I stayed for the next 10 days.”

“I received very attentive care from the Nurses and the Physical and Occupational Therapists came to my room to help me get to the gym to do exercises for my injuries.”

John K. Deibler, PTA, Director of Therapy Services at Methodist Health in Union County, noted, “Throughout her stay, our Physical Therapists worked with Mrs. Tucker on gait and balance training, as well as strengthening her extremities.”

“Occupational Therapists also worked with Mrs. Tucker to train her in Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and therapeutic exercises to aid in her recovery.”

Tucker looks back on her stay on the Swing Bed Unit with appreciation. “It was a lifesaver for me. I thank everyone who checked on me and made sure I had all I needed. I enjoyed having a private room and found the food to be really good, too,” she said.

She continues to have home health visits and hopes to be able to do some traveling again in the future. Tucker reminisced about past travels to Branson, New York City, Washington, DC, and Boston. “I even zip-lined over the Red River Gorge,” she recalled. “I’ve wanted to go to French Lick, IN, and stay in the hotel there, and now I think I will make it!”

To learn more about the Swing Bed Unit, call 270-389-5135 or visit methodisthospital.net/swingbed.

About the Swing Bed Unit:
Methodist Health in Union County is a Critical Access Hospital. This designation allows the inclusion of swing beds in the patient services program. With the incorporation of swing beds, patients may qualify to remain in a sub-acute care setting until they are able to be discharged to home or another level of care. The goal of the program is for the patient to achieve their highest level of independence.