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  • St. Mary’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

    ICU NEWThe St. Mary's Hospital Intensive Care Unit has the technology and experienced staff required to meet the critical care needs of very ill patients and their families.

    What is Intensive Care?
    Intensive Care, as its name suggests, is the specialized management of the acutely ill patient. It consists of constant, highly skilled nursing care and observation, backed by the availability of vital medical equipment and expertise.

    At St. Mary’s Hospital, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is located in the west wing of the second floor. The unit offers quiet surroundings, state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment, specially-trained and caring personnel, and easily accessible emergency and routine care supplies. The centrally-located nurses' station enables our staff to easily view every patient's room and be able to respond quickly when needed.

    Patient Rooms
    Each ICU room contains a small closet in which to store necessary personal items. We request that items not needed by the patient be taken home by family. Please do not bring in hairdryers or curling irons. Valuables should also be taken home by family or deposited with the hospital cashier. In an effort to provide comfort and normalcy, televisions are provided in all ICU rooms. 

    Rest and quiet are vitally important to the patient's treatment and recovery. For this reason, and for infection control reasons as well, visiting is generally restricted to those closest to the patient. Children under 12 must receive approval by the patient's nurse to visit and must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors are asked to plan so that only 2 visitors are in each room at a time. Additional visitors waiting to visit the patient are provided a waiting area just outside the main ICU doors. Waiting in the hall within the ICU is not allowed due to strict privacy requirements. The length of visiting time may vary according to the patient's condition. Please check with the nurse before offering any food or drink to the patient, as the physician's orders may restrict the patient from eating and/or drinking. Overnight visitors are not allowed, except in extreme circumstances-this must be approved by department staff.

    Telephone calls

    The ICU staff stays extremely busy providing the best care possible to patients. Thus, we ask that you use discretion in making calls to the unit, and that only immediate family members call the ICU to inquire about the patient's condition. The phone number is 815-673-4536. It is often helpful to designate one family member to be the primary family contact with the ICU nurse. That primary family contact can then keep other family and friends informed. Please do not call the unit before 11am, as morning patient care is quite busy. Patients may use cell phones to make calls in necessary. Cell phone ringers should be set to vibrate.

    Food Service

    The cafeteria is located on the lower level and is open for breakfast and lunch. There are also vending machines in the dining room adjacent to the main cafeteria-this room is open 24 hours a day.

    Pastoral Care

    St. Mary's Pastoral Care department is trained to help patients and families with their spiritual needs. They are available to talk with you and offer support or help any time you need it. Ask an ICU staff member to call a Pastoral Care representative any time you feel spiritual comfort or advice is needed. Our chapel is available for quiet reflection, and is located on the first floor, near the gift shop.