Care for the Critically Ill
Patients and families facing a critical illness find comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art care in our Cardiovascular Intensive Care (CVICU) and Intensive Care (ICU) units.
Cardiovascular Intensive Care
The CVICU cares for patients in the first 24 to 48 hours following open-heart surgery. The unit, located on the fourth floor of the Center for Advanced Care, features eight CVICU suites where patients receive round-the-clock, specialized care.
The CVICU includes a large, comfortable waiting area and three consultation rooms where families, caregivers and physicians can discuss the patient’s condition and progress in private.
To ensure patient privacy, the CVICU requires appointment of a family spokesperson. Patient information is shared only with the spokesperson.
Intensive Care Unit
The ICU is located on the second floor of the Center for Advanced Care (22nd Street entrance) and includes 24 private rooms. The unit is divided into three nursing pods that allow patients to be grouped by medical needs, such as internal medicine, post-surgical care, neuroscience and so on.
Each patient room is assigned a private waiting area with a couch/hideaway bed, a recliner, a safe for valuables, a telephone,and pillows and blankets. Some waiting areas also have access to a kitchenette that includes a small refrigerator, microwave and a coffee maker.
Important information for ICU/CVICU visitors
- To promote healing, decrease anxiety and improve outcomes, we encourage family members to participate in the care of their loved ones through open visitation in our critical care areas. You are welcome to visit at any time.
- Live plants, flowers, balloons and other such items may not be brought into the ICU.
- Wash your hands prior to entering the room. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available in each patient room.
- Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult - not the patient - at all times while visiting.
- If the person you are visiting is in isolation, you will be required to comply with the infection control procedures as directed by the nurse. This may include wearing gloves, gown or mask. This is for your protection and the protection of all the people you come into contact with.
- If you are sick, please don't visit for your own health and for the health of the patient.
- Visitors may be asked to step out of the room so we can provide care. If this is the case, please do so quietly and quickly.
- Cell phones and mobile devices must be turned completely off or placed in airplane mode before entering the critical care units. Signals from these devices may interfere with the highly specialized equipment used in caring for your loved one.
- Please check with the nurse before giving the patient any food brought from home.
- Please do not leave any of your personal belongings in the room.
- Don’t be alarmed by the equipment and tubes being used to care for your loved one. These are normal.