June 15, 2009

Mercy Medical Center celebrates opening of new ICU

Mercy Medical Center opened its new intensive care unit (ICU) on . This $20.5-million-dollar ICU, a 24-unit ICU is a family-focused, state-of-the-art facility with leading-edge, critical care technology located behind the Mercy Surgery Center. The ICU includes an expansion of the surgery center parking garage and relocation of the helipad to the roof of the new ICU.

Tom Cecconi, the president and chief executive officer of Mercy, notes the significance of the timing of the groundbreaking event. He said, "As we commemorate Mercy's 100th year, the new ICU demonstrates the Medical Center's commitment to providing the best possible health care for our community, now and in the future."

Hospital ICUs provide critical care for patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Most ICU patients have sustained – or are at risk of suffering – the failure of one or more vital functions, systems or organs. Consequently, these patients require rigorous care and monitoring to reverse their near-fatal conditions and temporarily support them while they recover from the underlying disease or injury. This care may be necessary for a period of hours, days, weeks or sometimes even months.

Mercy has one of the very finest multidisciplinary critical care teams (the core approach to ICU care today and in the future). And, this team – including physicians, nurses and health care professionals – has been involved in the design of the new ICU from its inception. The advanced facility will allow Mercy to elevate the care of its patients and their families to the next level of excellence and compassion.

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