Intensive Care Unit

The critical care team at Saint Joseph Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) invites you to be a part of the healing process for a friend, family member, or loved one in as many ways as you can. We only request that you please be mindful of keeping a quiet environment for the benefit of all patients and visitors.

The ICU can sometimes seem overwhelming and even scary with its many monitors, ventilators and tubes. Alarms and bells may occasionally sound to alert staff to normal changes in the patient or equipment. Please be assured that staff will respond to take care of the patient's needs.

General Guidelines for Visitors

  • To minimize excess noise, please do not use cell phones in the patient areas.
  • If it is necessary for us to provide care to the patient during visiting hours, you will be asked to leave the room to protect your loved one's privacy and dignity. Please know that we will do our best to make sure you can visit with your loved one as much as his/her condition allows during visiting hours.
  • The ICU visiting hours are staggered throughout the day to allow patients time to rest. Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to Noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Due to the compromised immune systems of many ICU patients, children aged 12 and under are not permitted in the ICU. In the event of an extreme circumstance, please check with your nurse.

Our primary goal in the Intensive Care Unit is to provide the best care possible to your loved one. Among those who may be caring for your family or friend are a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other support personnel. Each caregiver has been specially trained and is skilled in providing care to those in the unit. Please rest assured that those providing patient care are working to help your loved one heal.

Additional information is available in the Information Guide for Patients, Families and Visitors located in the visitor waiting room and patient rooms.

If you have questions, please ask a nurse for assistance.