Presbyterian Medical Center

Inpatient services

Advanced care is never too far away

Although most of our patients are treated and released the same day, in some cases, your treatment may require an overnight stay or ongoing critical care. As a state-of-the-art facility with around-the-clock care from a team of experienced professionals, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center is well equipped to provide you superior inpatient care.

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Our inpatient services consist of an intensive care unit (ICU) for patients who are critically ill, a critical care unit (CCU) for patients needing close monitoring but do not require intensive care and a medical and surgical unit. If you are placed in the ICU or the CCU, a specialist called an intensivist will manage your care.

In most other situations, your care will be provided by a hospitalist instead of your family doctor. By working with social workers, case managers, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians and physical and speech therapists, our hospitalists will ensure that you receive the care and monitoring you need.

What is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist is an internal medicine doctor that specializes in providing medical care for hospitalized patients. They are responsible for coordinating all of your inpatient treatment. Once your treatment is complete, they will help you transition back to your primary care physician.

If you do not have a primary care physician, our hospitalists can refer you to one for ongoing care after you have been discharged.

Our hospitalists serve you in a variety of ways, including:

  • Assessing and treating your medical condition throughout your stay
  • Coordinating your hospital care
  • Requesting diagnostic tests such as x-rays, blood tests and other procedures
  • Arranging specialty care like therapy or consultations with other specialists
What is an intensivist?

At Presbyterian Medical Center, intensivists are staffed in our intensive care unit and critical care unit around the clock.

An intensivist is a specialist who provides advanced treatments and monitoring if you are critically ill and are receiving inpatient care in our intensive care or critical care unit. In addition to providing the most comprehensive care available, intensivists also provide you and your family with the peace of mind of knowing that a highly-trained specialist is continuously monitoring your condition.

Once you are discharged from our critical care unit, our hospitalist team will be re-consulted to manage your treatment.

Medical surgical units

This is the most common type of unit in our hospital, and it is where most patients spend the night.

The doctors, nurses and other clinical staff members in this unit are trained to provide the care you need while recovering from an illness, injury or a surgery.

Specialty units

We also have specialty medical surgical units that focus on treating specific health conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Behavioral health conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • Brain and nervous system conditions
Intensive care units

Our intensive care units treat patients facing life-threating illnesses. Some of our specialized intensive care units include:

  • Cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) - Treats patients after heart surgery.
  • Coronary intensive care unit (CICU) also called a coronary care unit (CCU) - Treats patients with life-threatening heart conditions including heart attacks, irregular heartbeats and heart failure.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) - Treats premature babies.
  • Neurosurgical intensive care (NSICU) - Treats patients after neurosurgery or other brain-related conditions.
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)  - Treats critically ill children.
  • Intermediate Critical Care Units (ICCU) - Provides care for patients who no longer need the high level of care provided in an ICU, but still require more specialized care before moving to a medical surgical unit or returning home.

For more information about our inpatient services, call 704-384-4000.