St. Vincent Health

Looking toward the future, St. Vincent General Hospital District has embraced the concept of a health campus where specialists, primary care, Lake County Public Health Agency, and other health-related offices reside in the old hospital building and synergistically complement services in the adjacent, new hospital facility.

822 W 4th St. Leadville, CO 80461

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822 W 4th St.

Leadville, CO 80461

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Swing Bed

Skilled care for when you aren’t quite ready to go home after surgery or an illness.

St. Vincent Health Swing Bed offers the same services as a stay at a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), except in a small community hospital where you receive extremely personalized care & attention. All rooms at St. Vincent Health are spacious and private. All 8 rooms have a view of the two highest mountains in Colorado – Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive.

Length of stays range from a few days to a few weeks, with the ultimate goal to regain strength and independence to return home.

A color photo of the corner inpatient room at St. Vincent Health in Leadville. With mountain views
Mt. Massive sunrise. Pink mountains in Leadville, Colorado
Common situations where a stay in a Swing Bed may be appropriate:
  • You had a knee, hip, or shoulder replacement or another kind of orthopedic surgery
  • You require frequent IV infusions
  • You require frequent dressing changes or wound vac therapy
  • You had an acute episode of CHF, COPD, UTI, pneumonia, or other medical condition
How do I pay for Swing Bed?
  • Medicare: Swing bed is a Part A Medicare benefit. Three nights in inpatient status in a hospital is required before transfer to Swing bed status. However, no prior authorization is needed.
  • Medicare Advantage: Swing bed is a Part A Medicare benefit. With an Advantage plan, prior authorization will be required but 3 inpatient midnights often are not.
  • Medicaid: St. Vincent Health does not accept Medicaid for Swing Bed.
  • Private insurances: Many private insurances will cover Swing Bed as part of Skilled Nursing Facility coverage, but may require prior authorization.
  • Private pay: contact our Case Manager for more information.
Services offered as part of an individualized care plan:
    • Physical and Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Recreational Therapy
    • IV therapy for antibiotics, pain medications, and more
    • Wound Care
    • Registered Dietician assessment
    • In-house pharmacy
    • In-house radiology and laboratory
    • Social and discharge planning
    • 24/7 on-site MD or Physician Assistant
    • 24/7 care by experienced Registered Nurses. It is not unusual to have a nurse to patient ratio of 1:1 or 1:2.
    • Weekly Care Meetings that engage you and your support network, to help you reach your goals

“It was so nice to be in Leadville because you have clean mountain air up there, it’s quiet and peaceful, you have all those beautiful views of mountains. I mean, how much better of a place can you rehab?!”

Penny Bartlett

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Penny Bartlett in front of her shop in rural Colorado.

 For more information on Swing Bed, please call 719-486-7155 to speak with our Case Manager, Lindsy Coon.

Photo of Lindsy Coon, RN and Case Manager. She is in the hospital wearing a blue jacket with SVH logo on it.

Lindsy Coon, Lindsy Coon, BSN RN WCC CEN TCRN                  Case Manager




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