Growing to Meet Community Demand
In 2007, Cayuga Medical
Center opened a new
state-of-the-art critical-care facility, housing our Intensive Cardiac Care
Unit and our Emergency Department.
The design of this new building was conceived with one goal in mind:
to place our very sickest, highest-risk, complicated patients at the center of
their own personal, specialized care teams.
Our new ICCU
accomplishes this goal by providing an environment that meets the very latest
cardiac care and intensive care design recommendations for the highest
standards of care -- an environment in which our patients can recover and their
families can support the recovery process. Our critical-care medical staff,
nurses, and technologists have access to more and better technology, including
the best monitoring system available. The nursing station affords staff with an
unobstructed view into every patient room. And the rooms are large and light,
bringing in sunlight and a view of the outdoors that help lift the spirits of
acutely ill patients.
● Care in
our ICCU is provided by intensivists (physicians who
specialize in critical-care medicine and pulmonary medicine).
● They work
collaboratively with medical staff specialists and subspecialists in internal
medicine, cardiology, neurology and neurosurgery, general surgery, and
● A highly
trained, experienced team of critical-care nurses and respiratory therapists
works around the clock to monitor vital signs, provide hands-on care,
administer healing therapy, and keep loved ones up to date.
In additional to considerable scientific and technical expertise
in critical patient care, members of our ICCU team understand the importance of
compassion and empathy in helping patients and their families through a
high-risk illness. Our doctors and nurses appreciate the effect serious illness
has on the family unit. They understand fear and anxiety -- and they know you
count on them to listen and to answer your questions.
The high quality of care
in Cayuga Medical Center’s
Intensive Cardiac Care Unit was recognized with the 2006 New York State Patient
Safety Award for Large Hospitals. From the very initiation of the Institute for
Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 Lives Campaign, the professional staff in our
ICCU has worked to implement IHI recommendations. This kind of commitment stems
from the shared vision
that our patients are at the center of everything we do.