Nursing Services | Greene County

Nursing Services

Our well-trained nursing staff is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient nursing services including acute and skilled nursing and care, hospice, and respite care.

We care for many different patients - those who have an acute illness, are recovering from surgery, had a recent heart attack, or are battling cancer. Skilled care (a step between hospitalization and home) is also offered. Two hospice rooms are furnished to be more homelike and comfortable for families.

Inpatient Nursing Services

Acute Nursing Services

Acute nursing staff provides medical-surgical and pediatric nursing care to those who are in need of daily physician and registered nurse care.  Our nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Trauma Nursing Core Course.

Skilled Care

Skilled care is provided to patients who require additional hospitalization after receiving treatment or a surgical procedure.  A skilled level of care means that your condition has improved, but you are not quite ready to return home.


Greene County Medical Center works contractually with local hospice agencies to provide care to terminally ill persons.  Acute Nursing staff work together with your chosen hospice provider to care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient with a terminal diagnosis.  There are three comfortable hospice rooms with the feeling of home at the medical center for patients and families to be together.  We can also provide respite care in collaboration with your hospice provider for the rejuvenation of the caregiver.  Greene County Medical Center works closely with UnityPoint Hospice and other hospice providers.

Respite Care

Respite care is short term care for a person who needs assistance with daily care and the regular caregiver is not available or needs relief from the responsibility of providing care.  Respite care may be covered by some long term insurance products or under a hospice benefit and it is also offered with a private pay option.  This service is usually only offered for a maximum of 7 days.

The patient may require rehabilitation, wound care, nursing observation or extended IV therapy after surgery and hospitalization.  Skilled care provides patients with the opportunity to transition safely from an acute hospital setting to skilled care and finally to their homes or previous living environment. 

Eligibility for skilled care services requires a 3 day (inpatient) overnight stay in the hospital, physician certification and must be deemed reasonable and necessary.

Wound Care

Wound Care certified nurses are available to treat unhealed or recurring wounds as well as wounds related to diabetes and other illnesses.

Outpatient Nursing Services

A variety of Outpatient Nursing Services are available. These services include:

  • Administration of blood products
  • Administration of IV medications and antibiotics
  • IV fluid administration for hydration
  • Immunoglobin administration
  • Administration of IM and Sub Q injections, including Lovenox and Epogen
  • Wound Care including dressing change
  • Wound Vac therapy 

Better Choices, Better Health

Better Choices, Better Health is a free intervention program to help adults learn how to manage symptoms of chronic disease and improve their overall health. With mutual support from others, participants will form the skills needed for their particular condition to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Led by trained facilitators, these sessions are highly participative and help build the confidence to be active.

The most common chronic diseases include arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke. In the United States, 1 out of every 2 people has at least one chronic disease, and chronic diseases account for 75% of the $2 trillion spent on health care each year.

During each Better Choices, Better Health session, a variety of topics will be covered, including:

  • Healthy eating and nutrition tips
  • Exercises to improve strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Improve balance
  • Quality of sleep
  • Pain and fatigue management
  • Communication skills

After the six-week course, participants will experience a positive change in their health, activity level and overall quality of life.

Please visit our calendar of events to see when the next course will be offered, or call Public Health at 515-386-3228 for more information or to register.