Carolinas HealthCare System

Intensive and Progressive Care Unit

JD Power Award for Inpatient Care CMC UnversitySometimes, inpatients need a higher level of concentrated care while they are in the hospital, such as immediately following an extensive surgical procedure or when dealing with a serious illness or injury.

Carolinas HealthCare System University has two areas of focused care for these patients:

  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)*(see below)
  • Progressive Care Unit (PCU)*(see below)

ICU care is reserved for our most seriously ill patients, while PCU care offers a less intensive level of care for patients in recovery who still require a high level of monitoring. Both areas have state-of-the-art monitoring and pulmonary equipment.

Carolinas HealthCare System University also provides bedside hemodialysis, allowing critically ill patients to stay close to home for care and to undergo dialysis without being moved to another unit.

*Recognized by JD Power and Associates for Excellence in Inpatient Services "Outstanding Patient Experience"

Intensive Care

Expert intensive care for critically ill patients is available locally. The Intensive Care Unit* provides the most intensive level of care at Carolinas HealthCare System University and is staffed by a team of caring professionals committed to providing the highest level of care available. Located on the sixth floor, the ICU can accommodate up to eight patients.

Because patients on this unit are suffering from the most serious of medical diseases and injuries, this unit provides an intensive level of patient monitoring with a core physician team made up of pulmonologists (lung and breathing specialists) and an intensivist (a specialist in treating patients in an intensive care unit) from University Pulmonary Associates.

Members of Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and Carolinas HealthCare System University hospitalists (physicians dedicated to seeing patients in the hospital setting) are also available. As patients improve, they may be moved to the PCU area, or they may be moved to a regular inpatient room.

These specialists are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to care for all your needs including if your situation changes.*Recognized by JD Power and Associates for Excellence in Inpatient Services "Outstanding Patient Experience"

Progressive CareStock doctor

Patients treated in the Progressive Care Unit* are not so seriously ill that they require care in the ICU, but do require more intensive monitoring than that provided in a regular inpatient room. Patients may be suffering from chest pain, pneumonia or heart-related conditions, among other issues. Portable cardiac monitors are used here so that patients can get up and walk around while still being monitored.

Located adjacent to the ICU, the PCU can care for up to 18 patients.

Some patients, such as those admitted with chest pain, may be admitted directly to this unit for diagnostic tests such as cardiac catheterizations or bronchoscopies. As patients improve, they may be moved to a regular inpatient room, or they may go directly home from Progressive Care.

*Recognized by JD Power and Associates for Excellence in Inpatient Services "Outstanding Patient Experience"

ICU and Progressive Care Staff

Both the ICU and PCU areas are staffed with a dedicated team of medical professionals. In addition to this core team, many others are also involved in patient care, such as dietitians, social workers, clinical case managers, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, and pastoral care. Nurses in both the ICU and PCU are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, which means they have received special training in cardiac care.

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