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Medical Surgical Unit at Franklin Woods

The Medical Surgical Unit at Franklin Woods Community Hospital is where you come to recover from surgical procedures or illnesses that require hospitalization. The Medical Surgical Unit has 40 private rooms and is designed to care for patients with medical and/or surgical needs. Patient needs are determined through a collaborative approach that begins with the patient and includes the  primary care provider, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants.

The patient rooms are spacious and include a private bathroom with shower. Each room is furnished with a flat screen TV, a sleeper chair and one additional chair. Six of our patient rooms are equipped with a ceiling-mounted lift for transferring and repositioning patients. The state-of-the-art beds have built-in scales, fall prevention equipment and patient-friendly controls. Supplies are kept in and near patient rooms. We utilize mobile work stations for charting and medication delivery which has improved nurse response time and room observations.

Acute Inpatient Care

Acute inpatient care includes the full medical support of the hospital. The most frequent types of acute medical needs include respiratory conditions such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), stroke (CVA), coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes, cancer and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.


Observation patients are placed in the hospital for a short time while the healthcare practitioner decides if the patient is sick enough to need inpatient treatment. Observation patients can sometimes be kept in the hospital on observation status for services like cardiac monitoring or diagnostic testing.


Patients may be placed in post-surgical care following certain surgeries. The most frequent types of post-surgical care are minor vascular procedures, appendectomies and bowel surgeries.


Respite care is the provision of short-term accommodation in the hospital to provide temporary relief to those who are caring for family members, who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home.