Physical Therapy Services

Swing Bed Inpatient Physical Therapy

“Swing bed” is a concept developed by Medicare in the 1970’s to help with underutilized hospital beds and the lack of nursing home beds in rural areas. These two issues have resolved themselves over time, partly due to the conversion of most rural hospitals to Critical Access Hospitals like Washington Regional Medical Center.

A swing bed doesn’t swing physically, but it swings in the way Medicare reimburses for the care provided to the patient. A patient being treated for an acute condition can remain in the hospital for follow-up care rather than be discharged to home

when they are not quite ready or discharged to the nursing home when they really only need care for a few more days or weeks. The patient stays in the same bed, receives the same care, but the services are billed differently. Or the patient may have been hospitalized in facility away from home and be transferred back to their local hospital for their swing bed stay.

Outpatient Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is designed to treat people with functional deficits due to any type of injury or pain. Therapists evaluate and treat patients with muscular, skeletal or neurological problems by making use of therapeutic exercises, pain relieving modalities and education in order to help people return to their previous functional level.


Washington Regional Medical Center and Agility Health will work together, with our patients, to enhance their quality of life by reshaping lost abilities and teaching new skills.

Whether you need rehabilitation as the result of an injury, disease or just the natural aging process, the inability to do some of the activities you were once able to do can be frustrating.


The staff Washington County’s Rehabilitation Services 

Department understands that and will work with you on an individual basis to crease a program that will help you achieve your goals.

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Washington Regional Medical Center 

958 US Hwy 64 East 

Plymouth, NC 27962-9216 

Hospital Phone:  252-793-4135 

Hospital Fax:       252-793-7740

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