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Patient testimony: Quality of life returns

Diane Edens didn’t have enough good things to say about the care she received earlier this year at Rainy Lake Medical Center.

The lifelong International Falls resident in January had a total knee replacement to relieve years of pain and arthritis. Having to get around using the assistance of a cane or walker, Diane admitted her quality of life was deteriorating.

The staff at RLMC, however, helped her get it back.

“My care was incredible,” she said of her 10-day stay in the hospital. “Everyone from the doctors, to nurses, to housekeepers to therapy and wellness staff… Everyone was amazing.”

After Dr. Joel Zamzow performed her knee-replacement surgery, Diane spent 10 days in RLMC’s swing bed program. The program provides short-term, skilled care in a hospital setting. Swing Bed allows your healthcare team to change—or “swing”—your level of care from acute, which requires hospitalization, to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, or other skilled services.

“I live alone, so I chose to stay in the hospital after my surgery,” Diane said. “I’m so glad I did. It was a wonderful experience.”

Again, Diane credited the staff for tending to her needs – day or night – and keeping up on her pain management.

“I’m in my 70s, and I have a real peace of mind knowing the great care we have right here in our community,” she said.

Now, four months after the surgery, Diane said she is pain-free and more mobile than she has been in years.

“I have my quality of life back,” she said. “Every employee at that hospital was so impressive, and did an amazing job taking care of me and seeing to every need. I can’t believe the level of service and care that is provided at Rainy Lake Medical Center. I’m so grateful.”

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