Mission Healthcare Provides Specialty Care in Minnesota Nursing

Mission Healthcare takes pride in providing high-quality service that meets the specific needs of our residents.  One of the ways we do this is by providing specialized programs and services such as our ventilator care program.  Mission Healthcare has the largest ventilator program based in a long-term care facility in Minnesota at our Bethel Care Center in St. Paul.  At Bethel Care Center, we have 24 private rooms devoted to residents who use ventilators says Paul Contris.


Providing specialized care units such as our ventilator program means that we provide additional training to our associates who handle the day-to-day care of these residents. They must be up-to-date with the most current care techniques to successfully work with the ventilator equipment while also uphold the quality of life of the residents who use the equipment.  We pull together a team of associates who are dedicated specifically to our ventilator programs, from nurses to respiratory therapists to activities directors.  This allows our residents to better know their caregivers.   


With our ventilator programs, we must also keep up with the latest technology.  Recently, we upgraded our ventilators to new, smaller units developed by Pulmonetic.  In fact, we were one of the first health care institutions in the state to use these new ventilators, which have the ability to wean some people off of their ventilators.  This is an exciting advancement that can help some people breathe without the help of a ventilator.


We have even seen this success firsthand.  One of our Bethel Care Center residents who used a new ventilator started a regimen to slowly decrease the amount of oxygen he received from the machine and increase the amount of oxygen he breathed on his own.  After about a month, he was breathing on his own – a major accomplishment for a man who thought he would never be off of a ventilator and a big success for his team of caregivers who supported him along the way.


Today we often receive calls from people around Minnesota and in surrounding states interested in our ventilator program, from potential new residents to other Minnesota nursing homes and health care providers looking to learn more about our successful program. 


Along with our Bethel Care Center, we have five rooms at our Red Wing Health Center devoted to ventilator care.  We are also currently implementing ventilator units in our St. Lucas Care Center in Faribault, Minn.  As the demand for ventilator programs increases, we aim to include programs in all of our Minnesota long-term care communities so that we can continue to meet the unique needs of our residents.  


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