Intensive Care Unit
Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s new multi-million-dollar intensive care unit is a significant advancement in care for people who are seriously ill, injured or have had major surgery.
The medical center also has invested equally in the quality of the staffing. Providence St. Mary has the area’s largest number of nurses certified in critical care, hospitalists on duty 24-hours a day and three pulmonologists who are board certified in critical care.
The new ICU incorporates the latest in technology and architectural design, and is a strong departure from the look and function of older ICUs that are common in this area. The design places the nurses at small work stations immediately outside patient rooms, instead of clustered at nurses’ stations. This allows the nurses to remain closer to their patients. It offers in-room pull-out couches for families to stay with their loved ones comfortably. And patients will no longer have to move to other rooms as their condition changes. The patients remain in place and the level of care will change around them.
Other features include:
- Large, private rooms of 287-square-feet each.
- The ability to perform dialysis in every room.
- Lifts in every room to help lift patients up to 550 pounds. Two of the lifts can accommodate patients up to 1,000 pounds.
- More space for families to rest, be with their loved ones, and speak privately with physicians and other staff.
- Private bathrooms with wheelchair accessible showers in every room
- Secured access for improved safety for patients, visitors and staff.