Pioneer Memorial Hospital and Nursing Facility is a 21-bed hospital able to provide a wide range of services.

The hospital opened in 1950 and has undergone various renovations over the years. Pioneer Memorial Hospital has an active medical staff of three physicians, one physician’s assistant and one advanced family nurse practitioner. Ancillary services include home health, hospice, physical therapy, radiology, and laboratory. Radiology services include x-ray, CT, ultrasound, dexa scan for bone density testing and mobile mammography and MRI. Our laboratory is licensed to perform a wide variety of on-site testing.

The hospital’s emergency department maintains an Oregon Trauma Level IV designation. All registered nurses working in the emergency department are certified in trauma care, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric life support.

In addition to acute and emergency care services, the hospital provides skilled and non-skilled nursing care. You can learn more about these services by exploring the links at the right.

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Pioneer Memorial Hospital Long-Term Care

Through our long-term care swing bed program, Morrow County Health District is pleased to offer 24-hour nursing care to chronically ill and frail residents. We meet the unique needs of residents, address family concerns, and help residents with their day-to day care. We respect the dignity of each individual to provide a safe, comfortable living environment. There is no limit to how long a qualifying individual may stay in our Long Term Care unit.

Located in the hospital, the recently remodeled Long Term Care area provides a high level of medical care. A physician supervises each patient’s care and skilled nursing care is available at all times. Our team of experienced professionals includes:

  • Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Certified Medication Assistants and Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Licensed Therapists and Therapy Assistants

Our variety of services helps meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people with a chronic illness or disability who cannot care for themselves for long periods of time. Pioneer Memorial Nursing Facility offers:

  • Private and semi-private accommodations
  • High staff-to-resident ratios
  • Emergency call response system in resident rooms
  • A secure and comfortable living environment
  • Registered Dietitian maintains optimal nutrition for all residents
  • Patient visitors are welcome at any time

To learn more about our Long Term Care unit and bed availability, please contact Terri Brandt-Correia, Director of Nursing at (541) 676-2947.

Swing Bed Care/Rehabilitation

Respite Program

Pioneer Memorial also provides respite care, for a few days or a few weeks, for individuals in the community that request to stay in the hospital. Contact Terri Brandt-Correia, Director of Nursing at (541) 676-2947 for information or a reservation.

Pioneer Memorial Hospital Long Term CareWhat Is Swing Bed Care?

A “Swing Bed” is an acute licensed rural hospital bed which has been approved to provide short-term post-acute skilled level of care. They are designed to offer medical or physical rehabilitation to patients who no longer need acute care but require additional inpatient care.

When Is A Swing Bed Appropriate?

  • To complete medical treatment for post-acute episodes of pneumonia, newly diagnosed diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other conditions
  • To heal and regain strength for safe return home or other lower level of care after an acute medical or surgical stay
  • Intensive wound care
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation after hip or knee surgery
  • Stroke rehabilitation for those not meeting criteria for acute rehab

Who Qualifies For Swing Bed / Skilled Care?

    Our business office staff can help determine if you would qualify for swing bed care, but some of the criteria are:

  • The patient has to have been in an acute hospital for at least 3 consecutive days (3 midnights)
  • Has skilled needs which are related to the acute admission within the last 30 days
  • Medicare Part A or other insurance with hospital-based skilled care benefits
  • Days available for skilled level of care
  • Patient must be willing to participate in the daily inpatient skilled care program

What Is Your Responsibility?

The goal of a skilled care program is to assist you or your loved one in becoming as independent as possible for a lower level of care such as home, assisted living or long-term care. For that reason, patients are encouraged to dress in street clothes, get out of bed for meals, and participate in daily nursing or therapy rehabilitation as needed.

Why Choose Pioneer Memorial Hospital For Swing Bed / Skilled Services?

  • Acute hospital-based RN around the clock to manage your care
  • Medical and/or physical nursing rehabilitation
  • Availability of physical therapy as needed
  • Services such as Lab and X-Ray are readily available
  • Primary care physician or hospital-based physician for weekly visits and as needed
  • In-house 24-hour emergency care as needed
  • You, or your loved one, will be close to home and cared for by staff that know you and care about you

Referral Process

  • The case manager will work closely with you, your physician, your, family and the team to determine a discharge plan and what you will need for safe discharge.
  • For patients in another acute hospital who would prefer to come to our facility because it is closer to home, the referral can be made by you, your family, your physician, and/or your case manager at the referring hospital.
  • Pioneer Memorial Hospital’s Admissions team will determine if you meet admission criteria for short-term skilled care and whether you have days available according to your pay or source.

To learn more about our Swing Bed program and availability, please contact Terri Brandt-Correia, Director of Nursing at (541) 676-2947. Please fax Swing Bed referrals to (541) 676-2900.


564 E Pioneer Dr.
Heppner, OR 97836


Phone: (541) 676-9133
Fax:  (541) 676-2900


Terri Brandt-Correia
(541) 676-2947

Pioneer Memorial Hospital’s emergency department is available 24/7, every day of the year.

Visitors are welcome at the hospital at any time, but visits between 9:00 pm and 6:00 am should be coordinated with the on-duty staff


Pioneer Memorial Hospital Entrance