Intensive Care Services

St. Mary's 32-bed Intensive Care Services provides high-level medical care for children and adults requiring continuous observation and treatment. Intensive care patients include those admitted from our emergency department suffering neurological trauma and multiple injuries, recovering heart surgery patients, and others whose condition calls for constant observation and concentrated care.

Critically ill newborns are cared for in the specialized Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Patients

Visiting hours for patients in the Intensive Care Services are 8:30 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Because patients are receiving continuous, high-level care, only immediate family members are permitted to visit. Waiting areas are available for other family members and loved ones. The Intensive Care Services staff can help family members from out of town arrange lodging at St. Mary's Rose Hill Hospitality House or other local facilities.

Privacy and patient information

St. Mary's encourages the patient's family to select one member as a contact person to be kept appraised of the patient's condition by ICS staff and physicians. Callers and visitors concerned about the patient's situation are referred to this contact person so the family can protect its privacy by controlling the release of information.

ICS Staff

All nurses in St. Mary's Intensive Care Services receive advanced critical care training and 70 percent have earned certification as Critical Care Registered Nurses from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Each ICS nurse cares for only two patients, an excellent provider-to-patient ratio.

In addition to expert medical staff, pastoral care personnel are assigned to the Intensive Care Services for emotional and spiritual support to families around the clock.