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Published: 10/15/2010

St. Vincent's New Intensive Care Unit


St Vincent's Medical Center recently dedicated its new Intensive Care Unit.

The 30-bed unit, located on the entire 8th floor of the Medical Center, brings together the latest unit design and monitoring technology to safeguard the lives of those in intensive care.

“The Intensive Care and Critical Care unit is part of an overall expansion and reconfiguration of St. Vincent's. It not only brings immediate benefit to our patients, but its also represents an investment in the future. The spacious new unit positions us to incorporate advances and quickly respond to new opportunities and developments in care,” said Susan Davis, RN, EdD, President/CEO of St. Vincent's Health Services. . 

Michael Smith, M.D., Chairman of the St. Vincent's Department of Surgery, said that “We've raised the standards of critical care with the addition of the advanced Intensive Care Unit. “The new unit put us in the forefront of response and capability when critical care is required.”


"Among the many design features of the new unit is the modular system that enables staff to move walls so that life saving equipment and medical professionals can move in and out quickly and bring the latest technology to the bedside," said Robert B. Brown, M.D., Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and ICU Medical Director.

The innovative design also incorporates numerous patient-centered initiatives. An open-air entry is situated near the spacious family waiting area, providing amenities for families and guests of the ICU patients to help lessen stress during the medical crisis, said Dr. Brown. 

Glass enclosed patient rooms are larger with more space and furnishing to enable family members to stay with patients around the clock. The rooms can be viewed from central nurses stations and are located to provide direct visualization between patients and nursing staff. At the nurses' monitoring station, the computerized system checks each patient individually for specific changes in the heart, which may indicate problems.

“New state-of-the-art monitors installed in the unit are considered the industry's highest standard for measuring critical patient vital signs. The facility affords more advanced monitoring of heart and respiratoryNewICU_art functions,” said Rachel Smith, RN, Director of Critical Care for St. Vincent's.

The new Intensive Care Units are part of an overall expansion plan that began with the opening of the 70,000 square foot entrance and outpatient pavilion. When administrative and other offices moved into the new building, it cleared the way for construction of the new Intensive Care Units.  St. Vincent's is also nearing completion of state-of-the-art hybrid operating suites, which will make it possible to introduce robotics and other new developments.

For information on St. Vincent's call the toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847).

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