Skilled Nursing Unit
Welcome to the Skilled Nursing Unit (SNU) at St. Anthony's Hospital. The SNU cares for you when you no longer require the intensive nursing care of the hospital, but are still not ready to return home, and when additional treatment, strengthening or healing time may still be necessary due to the nature of your illness or condition. While on the SNU, you will receive additional nursing care, physical rehabilitation and specialized support services to help you attain an optimum level of function and independence prior to returning home.
St. Anthony's SNU provides many advantages over other free-standing nursing facilities. Our hospital-based program:
- Gives you the ability to maintain communication with your primary care and specialty physicians.
- Grants access to an array of acute hospital services, seven days a week. Services include Pharmacy, X-ray, Emergency Room and Therapy such as Respiratory, Speech, Physical and Occupational.
- Gives your family access to other non-medical services such as the gift shop, coffee shop, cafeteria, ATM machine and an on-site chapel and pastoral care.
Our multidisciplinary team of licensed nurses, therapists, care plan coordinator, dietitians, social worker and other ancillary workers will work with you, your physician and your family to develop a customized care plan to address current individual needs.
While on the SNU, you will learn the skills necessary to care for yourself at home and optimize your recovery. Within this atmosphere, you and your family can begin to focus on your future needs.
- Post-orthopedic or other surgery
- Medical conditions requiring skilled and rehab services
- New peg-tube placement to start tube feeding
- Acute wound care
- New colostomy or ileostomy
Specialty Services Provided
- Daily activity program: to help patients develop personal and social independence
- Registered dietitians: assess patients' special nutritional needs
- Speech-language pathology consults: sometimes ordered by physician to evaluate and treat swallowing disorders (dysphasia), and speech, language or voice disorders
- Monthly Resident Council meetings
- Rehabilitative therapy: may be ordered to increase strength, endurance, range of motion, mobility and coordination
- Activity therapy: for patients' enjoyment and social well-being
- Discharge planning: a disciplinary team of licensed nurses and social workers helps patients plan for discharge. Home health care (HHC) agencies are available for patients who need further care at home.
Contact our Skilled Nursing Unit by phone at (727) 825-1660 or fax a referral to (727) 820-7994.