New Critical Care Units
Two of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center's Critical Care units -- an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and a Step-Down Unit (which provides care for those who no longer need the close, around-the-clock monitoring of an ICU, but still require a higher level of care than what is provided on a standard Medical or Surgical unit) -- were originally built 30-40 years ago. While over the years the hospital has been able to upgrade equipment and services in these areas, expanded, modernized space is needed to provide the most advanced services to critical care patients. The new, replacement units will be strategically located close to a number of service areas that support the care of seriously ill patients: operating rooms, the Cardiovascular Care Unit, the Cath Lab, and the Emergency Department. This placement vastly improves the flow of services, especially when seconds make the difference.
The BroMenn commitment to improve health outcomes for high-risk patients has never been stronger. A new ICU with spacious private rooms will assure families that their loved ones will receive optimal care. A family "zone" in the patient room will assure a comfortable place for "presence" with a patient.
Having a loved one as a patient in the ICU can be one of the most stressful times for families and friends. A dedicated family area outside the room will provide respite, refreshments, and a nearby waiting place. Work space and Internet access will provide the capability to keep caring family and friends posted on the patient's status.
There may be no greater need in hospital care than for quality critical care services for a seriously ill loved one. Key to this is space for nurses to closely monitor a patient's progress toward recovery. Specialized physicians treating intensive care patients require complex, medical technology at the bedside.
The new units will support all contemporary features of critical care, including work stations that provide direct sight lines to patients and monitoring equipment. Electronic medical records will help to assure care continuity and communication among clinicians.
To achieve this goal, we need the financial support of the community. Find out how you can help us transform these plans into reality.