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A Hospital that Feels Like Home

St. James Parish Hospital provides care for patients who require daily skilled services. Our Skilled Nursing Program combines healthcare experience, expanded medical resources and compassionate care to treat our patients. Patients being cared for at St. James Parish Hospital have direct access to all of our medical departments. Our team is staffed by experienced physicians, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, PTs, OTs and a Nurse Practitioner. We work together to achieve each patient’s specific healthcare goal through compassionate, competent care while doing our best to make their stay as pleasant, comfortable and close to home as possible. CLICK HERE for a detailed summary of what our patients can expect when being admitted for skilled care. 

What is Skilled Care?

Skilled care, administered by professionals, serves as a stepping stone for patients who are not quite ready to return to their homes or facilities due to a change in their daily healthcare needs. Through treatment, observation and education, skilled care helps improve or maintain patient conditions. After receiving skilled care, patients can function more independently. Many short-term skilled services are covered by Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans.

Why choose SJPH?

  • We are a certified Skilled Nursing Facility with high patient satisfaction scores
  • A licensed Physician and/or Nurse Practitioner make rounds daily
  • We train, educate and include patient families in each patient’s plan of care
  • A Charge Nurse is available 24/7 to assure quality care
  • Our patients have access to several specialists, departments and an ER that is staffed 24/7
  • Full-Time Surgeon and Cardiology Support
  • In-House Rehab (Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy)
  • In-House Lab, Respiratory, Radiology and Dietary Departments
  • We are equipped for in-house MRIs, X-Rays, CT Scans, Ultrasounds and more
  • Specialists are available for consultation if condition deems necessary (Renal, GU, GI, Cardiology, Surgery, Wound Care, etc.)
  • In addition to skilled care, patients are assisted with daily activities such as bathing and dressing
  • We help patients feel at home by giving them the option to wear house clothes and encouraging them to bring personal belongings
  • Patients are engaged through activities such as walks outside, crafts, games, puzzles and movies
  • Family and friends can visit daily until 9 p.m.

Summary of Skilled Services:

  • Daily/Twice Daily Rehab Treatments (Ex: Post Hip/Knee Replacement)
  • Aggressive Wound Care/Wound Vacs
  • Wound Debridement
  • Diabetes Management
  • IV Antibiotics (No cost-based limitations)
  • IV Hydration/TPN (Total Parental Nutrition)
  • Intravenous Injections
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • PEG/NG Tube feeding
  • Oxygen Weaning Nebulizers

Criteria for Admission:

  • Medicare Part A, Medicare Advantage Plans
    (Ex: Humana Gold, Peoples Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare)
  • Three Consecutive Midnights in a Hospital in a 30-Day Period (Medicare)
  • Advantage Plans DO NOT Require an Inpatient Hospital Stay 
  • Services Must Be Ordered by a Physician
  • Reasonable and Necessary Services
  • Services Performed Daily (Monday - Saturday with a day of rest of Sunday)

Medicare Coverage (14-20 days = Average Length of Stay)


Medicare Pays*

Patient Pays


Full Cost



All but daily copay

Daily copay*



Full cost

*Advantage Plans have varying copays
*Daily copay may be covered by secondary insurance 
*Patients must meet criteria to stay 100 days
*Medicare coverage can change without notice
*Visit www.medicare.gov for more info

Our Goals:

  • To provide an alternate type of care for patients who need skilled care prior to being discharged to their home or nursing home
  • To provide services that maximize wellness and deter progression of illness whenever possible
  • To offer activities and options that make patients feel entertained and comfortable throughout their stay


We welcome referrals. Call 225.258.5936 to speak directly to a Case Manager. The Case Management fax number is 225.869.1314