The Admission Process
How to Get Started
One of our clinical liaisons will meet with your loved one’s care coordinator to review their medical history and current health condition. If ContinueCARE is an option, we’ll work to set an admission date and time that works for your family and care team.
As soon as your loved one arrives, they are assigned a case manager whose goal is to help transition them to the next level of care, based on how much progress they make during their stay.
Who We Treat
Our facility is licensed under Medicare as a long-term acute care hospital, providing care for critically ill and medically complex patients who require a longer acute care stay than a traditional hospital. There are several criteria patients must meet for admission eligibility.
- Require acute care services as determined by a physician assessment
- Cannot be treated effectively at a lower level of care
- Have multiple acute complexities that require daily intervention by a physician
Patients requiring the following medical services may also eligible for admission:
- Mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure
- Pulmonary hygiene
- Tracheotomy with respiratory insufficiency
- Exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- IV and oral anticoagulation/therapeutic INR (international normalized ratio)
- Post cardiac surgery with acute care needs
- External wound infection management
- Stage III or IV decubitus ulcer care
- Complex medical conditions
- High-level orthopedic conditions
- Pre- and post-organ transplant care
- Low-tolerance rehabilitation
Parking is free for patients and visitors in the garage at 1501 Sumter Street. Security officers are available to escort visitors to their cars in the Hospital parking lots. Officers also can help with minor emergencies like dead car batteries. For assistance, call Security at (803) 296-8000.
Planning for your discharge begins at admission and continues throughout your stay. One of our Case Managers will meet with you and your family about the need for continued services and/or equipment when you leave ContinueCARE to ensure continued improvement and safety. Your case manager will keep you informed of the results of team meetings, your plan of care, any changes in your plan and will provide you an opportunity to have input into all aspects of your care.
Latasha Mitchell, RN
We work with a group of dedicated physicians who manage the medical needs of patients admitted to our hospital. They may also help to explain a medical procedure, update the family on their loved one’s condition or plan appropriate care after discharge. Once a patient is discharged from our hospital, any follow-up appointments should be made with the patient’s primary care physician.
At ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist our goal is to meet your service needs. Your opinions and suggestions are important to us, and we encourage you to give us your feedback. Members of our leadership team will periodically visit and inquire about your stay. During this time, please feel free to communicate any concerns, if any. At discharge, you will receive an HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). We encourage you to take the time to complete this survey. Your comments will be confidentially reviewed and addressed by our patient care and management teams for improvements when necessary.
Learn About Our Services
Quality Care for the Critically Ill
Our hospital provides long term acute care for patients who require a long-term hospital stay. Many patients require an intensive level of care.
The ContinueCARE Difference
ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist offers several unique benefits for patients and family members:
- We provide care with an interdisciplinary approach with a care team of specialists working together for optimal patient outcomes.
- Each patient will have an individualized care plan based on their needs and preferences
- We encourage family and/or caregiver participation and keep loved ones informed every step of the way