Skilled Nursing Facility

Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center - Herring Campus

Our Services

The Skilled Nursing Facility at the Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center - Herring Campus in Waco has a commitment to helping you obtain your independence by providing:

  • A goal oriented philosophy of treatment built upon our dedication of positive results
  • Individualized care, based on your skilled daily need
  • Family and patient education and counseling to help build a bridge from hospital to home

Our specialized clinical team — which includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social services and dietitians — treats patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, including:

  • Stroke
  • Joint replacement
  • Hip fracture
  • Diabetic care
  • TPN
  • Back surgery
  • Pain management
  • New tube feeding
  • Colostomy/Ileostomy care
  • Incision/Wound Care
  • Some IV antibiotics
  • IM/SQ injections
  • New tracheostomy care

Admission Criteria

Prior to admission to the Skilled Nursing Facility, each person is carefully assessed to determine whether his or her specific condition would benefit  and require a daily skilled needwhich can only be received on an inpatient basis. This free, personal assessment may be conducted at home, in your physician's office, at any hospital, or at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. Our Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Medical Director is responsible for authorizing each patient's admission to the facility.

The following guidelines may be applied to determine appropriateness:

  • The patient requires daily skilled care and a physician to oversee the patient's medical needs and care plan.
  • The patient requires 24-hour inpatient skilled nursing care, but is medically stable.

Medicare also requires a three-night stay in an acute hospital (as an inpatient) to qualify for a skilled nursing facility. Commercial Insurances may require pre-authorization in some cases. Most  major medical insurance carriers, including Medicare, cover these services in our skilled nursing facility, as long it is determined there is a daily skilled need.  (Medicaid does not cover skilled nursing services.) Co-pays do apply if required.


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