St. Mary's opens new ICU for surgical & trauma patients

Saint Mary's Medical Center has opened a new intensive care unit for surgical and trauma patients. The unit is on the second floor of the former St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Specialty Care Hospital.

The eight beds can be moved around the rooms freely, and the monitors swing on adjustable arms. These accommodations will better serve patients who require continuous care and therapy.

Matt Vassy, MD, Surgical-Critical Care, says, "We're establishing an environment that is tailored to the needs of the post operative and the trauma patients, and second of all having a new place. That gives us the opportunity to update our equipment, to keep up with technology, and have a state of the art facility, so we can provide that care very efficiently."

Each room has windows in it, so nurses can observe from their work stations. The monitors also connect to labor and delivery in case a pregnant patient needs remote fetal monitoring.