Intensive Care Unit

What Can I Expect?

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit receive the highest level or most intense care of any section of the hospital. Patients are continuously monitored for signs of trouble.

Medical Care Team

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit are attended to by their own Primary Care Physician or a Hospitalist, a doctor specializing in seeing patients in the hospital setting. There is one Registered Nurse for every two patients. All staff are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

Visiting Guidelines

Because visiting can be tiring to the patient, we ask that friends and relatives follow these visitation guidelines.

  • For the comfort of other patients, we ask that visitors speak quietly.
  • Patients are susceptible to contagious illnesses, so persons with colds, sore throats or other contagious illnesses should not visit.
  • Please respect all "no visitor" and "isolation" signs. These signs have been ordered by the attending physician for the patient's benefit.
  • A nurse or physician may request that you limit your visiting time, and/or the number of visitors.

Please respect these requests so that the patient may get adequate rest.

No one under the age of 12 years is allowed to visit the Intensive Care Unit without prior authorization from the ICU nurse manager on the RN house manager. Visitation sessions may be delayed or interrupted in cases of unexpected medical emergencies.

Visiting Hours

Two visitors per room may be present between 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

One visitor per room may be present between 10:00 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.

Visitation is closed during shift change between 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m and 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.