Castro County Healthcare has a new, but a familiar, face directing the Castro County Swing Bed Program. As of December 2019, Monia Ann Venhaus, RN became the new Swing Bed Coordinator at Castro County Healthcare (CCHD). She has been with CCHD for about a year but was primarily covering night shifts with the Plains Memorial Hospital Nursing staff.


Monia Ann brings 28 years of nursing experience into her new title, as well as many certifications such as; Emergency Patient Management, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nursing Core Course, Pediatric Nursing Core Course, and Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses. She is also certified as a Basic Life instructor.


The Plains Memorial Hospital Swing Bed Program is designed to offer patients a smoother transition during their care after an extensive surgery, neurological event such as stroke, generalized weakness due to certain chronic condition, or when someone no longer needs acute care but are not quite ready to go home. It is a unique program that acts as a bridge between the hospital and home, offering peace of mind to both patients and their families and allowing a more comfortable recovery.


“Having lived my whole life in rural areas, I realize the struggle of having a loved one in a larger hospital far from home, and the long-term burden that it can create for families and caregivers,” said Monia Ann. “It was a blessing for my own family to be able to utilize swing bed services in the past, and I want to help others achieve that as needed with their family members.”


Monia Ann and husband, Joel, moved to Dimmitt a little over a year ago. She has two stepsons who are both married to a Registered Nurse (RN), and a daughter that is currently attending school at WTAMU. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and refurbishing old furniture. She is excited for what the future holds as she begins this new endeavor and strive to carry on the high level of patient care that was set forth in the Swing Bed Program at CCHD. For questions or more information call 806-647-2191.