Inpatient Medical/Surgical Unit

Whether you develop pneumonia while vacationing here or need post-surgery care, Estes Park Health takes care of you in the Inpatient Medical/Surgical Unit. “Med/Surg,” as it’s commonly referred to, is the 15-bed unit for patients requiring overnight hospital stays, but not ICU stays.

This unit offers a high quality of attentive care from local nurses. Additionally, Med/Surg is staffed by a dedicated team of hospitalist physicians from a well-known partner organization that specializes in improving efficiencies and care at smaller or rural hospitals. Together, this capable Med/Surg team coordinates care with patients’ primary care doctors to ensure healthy recoveries.

Technology also plays a vital role in the superior care in Med/Surg. Wireless “smart” pumps reduce medication errors and improve workflow in the unit. The latest in telemetry also allows the staff to closely monitor patient vital signs, quickly identify potential problems and diagnose more quickly, particularly regarding cardiac events.


Hospitalists coordinate patients' care in the hospital. They are the physicians that organize the communication between different doctors caring for a patient. They serve as the point of contact for questions, updates and the comprehensive plan of care. They are also the main physician for family members to contact for updates on a loved one.

The hospitalist program is staffed by local, employed physicians, to provide the best personal care to our community and visitors.



Dr. Kenneth Epstein


Dr. Paul Fonken


Transitional/Swing Bed Care

The Estes Park Health Transitional/Swing Bed Care provides nursing care for patients who require medically supervised nursing care on a continuous basis, but no longer require their previous level of acute care. Since acute care hospital stays are frequently short-term, patients can benefit from additional care days in the Transitional/Swing Bed Care Unit.

If you are admitted to Estes Park Health as a hospital patient, you can convert to the Transitional/Swing Bed Care Unit and remain in your same room and bed. If you have received care at another hospital and are in need of skilled-nursing services, you can be transferred to Estes Park Health's Transitional/Swing Bed Care Unit.

Please contact our Case Manager at 970-235-3007 for assistance.

Why use Transitional/Swing Bed Care?

First, you’re close to home where we can work with you to heal and regain strength. Your care will be customized to fit your needs and can include:

  • Case Management
  • Social Work
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Tube Feedings
  • Medication Management
  • Activities

Your Estes Park Health Swing Bed care team will meet weekly with you and your caregivers to develop, assess and update your plan of care to promote optimal skills and rehabilitation. We will do our part to help you heal and we count on your active participation daily.