Next Steps – Swing Bed

Next Steps – Swing Bed

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The Next Steps Program is our transitional care program at Iron County Medical Center. Sometimes a patient will need additional therapies and services before they can return home safely. Our Next Steps program can provide these benefits. When you decide to choose us for your transitional care needs, your program will be specialized to meet your individual needs.  

Next Steps Program at Iron County Medical Center, your next step between hospital and home.

Who Qualifies?

  • The patient must be hospitalized as an acute care inpatient for  3 consecutive midnights within the last 30 days.

  • The patient must require either skilled nursing care or skilled therapy services.​

    • Examples
      • Joint replacement
      • Weakness
      • History of fall
      • Stroke
      • IV therapy
      • Wound care

Why Choose Next Steps?

We will give you compassionate care, close to home.

Alternative to Nursing Home

Therapy Services available 6 days a week (depending on your individualized needs)

All therapist are licensed in their specialty through the state of Missouri

24 hour access to a skilled healthcare team including

    • Nursing
    • Physicians or Hospitalist
    • Nurse Assistants
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Lab
    • Radiology

Services available with our Next Steps Program include

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • IV Therapy

Our specialized team will create a care plan that will be presented once a week to discuss progress, needs and discharge planning with the patient and family/care giver.

Your team at Iron County Medical Center will help arrange for discharge needs such as home health and needed medical equipment.

How Do I Pay For Next Steps?

The Next Steps Program is covered by Medicare Part A. 

Medicare Advantage and Commercial Insurance will likely cover Next Steps, but pre-authorization is required. 

  • Pre-Authorization is performed by Iron County Medical Center.

Unfortunately, Medicaid does not cover The Next Steps Program as a primary insurance.

Contact Us

Kristena Boland, MSW    –    Next Steps Coordinator

Phone: (573) 546-8112

Fax: (573 546-8092



Convenient and Cost-Effective

Health Care Services at ICMC