Critical Care - Personalized, compassionate care when you need it most
Staying in a hospital is something that we all want to avoid, but sometimes it is necessary. If you have an inpatient stay at one of our facilities, you will be treated like family. Our healthcare team goes the extra mile to provide you with a safe and comfortable environment so you can focus on recovery.
In most situations, you will receive care from either your specialist or a hospitalist physician instead of your primary care physician. The doctors and nurses in the hospital also work with a team of professionals who may be involved with your care including: social workers, case managers, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians as well as physical, occupational and speech therapists. This healthcare team will report on your condition at your bedside, involving you and your family in your healthcare plans and decisions.
While you are an inpatient at a Novant Health hospital, you may be cared for on one of the units described below:
Medical surgical unit - This is the most common type of hospital unit and it is where most patients spend the night in our hospitals. The doctors, nurses and other clinical staff are trained to care for patients recovering from illness or injury as well as those who need additional care after a surgery.
Specialty units - Some of our hospitals have specialty medical surgical units that are focused on treating specific health conditions ranging from cancer, heart disease, behavioral health and maternity to brain and nervous system conditions.
Intensive care units - All of our hospitals have intensive care units (ICU) to treat patients facing a life-threating illness. Some of our larger hospitals also have specialized intensive care units including:
Cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) - For treating patients after heart surgery
Coronary intensive care unit (CICU) also called a coronary care unit (CCU) - For treating patients with life-threatening heart conditions including heart attacks, irregular heartbeats and heart failure
Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) - For treating premature babies
Neurosurgical intensive care (NSICU) - For treating patients after neurosurgery or other brain-related conditions
Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) - For treating critically-ill children. This is only available at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital in Charlotte
Intermediate Critical Care Units (ICCU) - These units provide care for patients who no longer need the high level of care in an ICU but still require more specialized care before moving to a medical surgical unit or returning home.
To learn more about our inpatient services, contact the Novant Health location nearest you.