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Intensive Care

Intensive care is sometimes necessary for patients with severe illness who are in need of life support measures and close monitoring of vital signs, for patients who have sustained serious traumatic injury, patients with severe infections resulting in shock and patients experiencing a serious condition requiring a high level of care around the clock.

If your loved one is receiving care in one of our intensive care units (ICUs), you can feel confident our skilled staff is providing 24-hour attention. We're one of the only few comprehensive Centers for Critical Care in the United States with many distinctions: we have the only American Burn Association-certified adult burn center in central Ohio, we have the only comprehensive adult organ and bone marrow transplantation program in central Ohio, we are a Level 1 Trauma Center, we are the only emergency department in central Ohio with hyperbaric medicine facilities and we are the only Comprehensive Wound Center in central Ohio.

For information about someone admitted to an ICU at Ohio State, call 614-293-8000.

Locating and Visiting Your Loved One

When a family member or close friend experiences a health crisis and is admitted to an intensive care unit, you want information about how to reach them as quickly as possible. Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center has several dedicated intensive care units designed to provide specialized expert care during this critical time. Specific information about how to locate your loved one, including visiting hours and locations, is listed here for each unit.

Cardiac Intensive Care

Patients recovering from heart procedures such as surgery, bypass or stenting will spend time in the cardiac intensive care unit for observation and recovery. Our staff at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital combines the latest technology with outstanding, patient-focused care to create the best possible healing environment and outcomes for our patients.

Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital

Fourth Floor
452 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-8000

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Note: Times are as general hospital visiting hours, but may be limited based on patient's condition.
Two visitors at a time.

Directions View the Care Team

Why Choose Ohio State?

The Ross Heart Hospital provides state-of-the-art facilities for heart and vascular procedures, is a national leader for implanting ventricular assist devices (VADs) and houses the only adult heart transplant program in central Ohio. Our cardiac ICU has been a consistent recipient of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence since 2009. Patients and families appreciate our universal bed concept, where patients remain in the same room from admission to discharge, regardless of their critical care status. Additionally, the Ross Heart Hospital is recognized in the 2013 survey by U.S.News & World Report a leader in cardiology and heart surgery, ranking 36th out of nearly 5,000 hospitals around the country.

Medical Intensive Care Units (MICU)

The MICU cares for patients with breathing problems due to a complicated illness, such as pneumonia, heart failure, severe infection or complications from cancer treatment. The Wexner Medical Center has three medical intensive care units: two are on the 8th and 11th floors of Rhodes Hall and one is on the 4th floor at University Hospital East.

University Hospital

11 West Rhodes Hall and 8 Rhodes Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-8000

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 5 a.m. - 6 a.m.
  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Note: Visitation varies based on the needs of the patient and family.
Visitors are limited to two at a time.
Children 13 and under may be permitted to visit if arrangements are made with the charge nurse.

Directions

University Hospital East

Fourth Floor West Wing
1492 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43205
614-257-2330

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 8 - 9 p.m.

Note: Visitation varies based on the needs of the patient and family.
Visitors are limited to two at a time.
Children 13 and under may be permitted to visit if arrangements are made with the charge nurse.

Directions View the Care Team

Why Choose Ohio State?

The 11 West Rhodes MICU at University Hospital received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in 2012. The honor exemplifies our excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Your baby is cared for in our 49-bed Level III NICU (the highest level of care), where we provide the most advanced and personalized care for premature and critically ill newborns. Our unit is staffed 24/7 with board-certified neonatologists (pediatricians with additional training in newborn care), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurse specialists, therapists and support staff dedicated to providing expert attention to your baby.

Learn more about the NICU

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

6 East Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-8000

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 12 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Note: Visitors must be accompanied by a parent.

Directions View the Care Team

Why Choose Ohio State?

We are a Level III NICU, staffed to provide a ratio of nurse-to-baby care of at least one-to-three and, for the sickest babies, one-to-two or one-to-one. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality care with empathy and compassion to our patients and their families.

Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU)

Following stroke, trauma or neurological surgery, patients will spend time recovering in our 16-bed neurosciences critical care unit. This unit is staffed with some of the nation's most exceptional neuroscience physicians, nurses and rehabilitative experts.

4 Doan Hall and 8 Rhodes Hall

410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-8000

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 5 a.m. - 6 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Note: Visitation varies based on the needs of the patient and the family.
Visitors are limited to two at a time.
Children 13 and under may be permitted to visit if arrangements are made with the charge nurse.

Directions View the Care Team

Why Choose Ohio State?

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Neurosciences Program is recognized in the 2013 survey by U.S.News & World Report a leader in neurology and neurosurgery, ranking 49th out of more than 1,300 hospitals around the country. The NCCU, part of our Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, is the only unit in central Ohio with comprehensive specialized monitoring capabilities for neurological functions.

Surgical Intensive Care Units (SICU)

Following surgery or after a serious traumatic injury, the doctor may recommend your loved one receive close observation in our 26-bed surgical intensive care unit, located in 4 West Doan Hall at University Hospital, or in our 19-bed medical-surgical intensive care unit, located on the fourth floor of University Hospital East. These ICUs take care of trauma, burn, transplant, cardio-thoracic surgery, surgical oncology, ENT, orthopaedic, neurosurgery and general surgery patients.

Patients newly admitted to the hospital for burn treatment are cared for in the SICU.

University Hospital

4 West Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-8000

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 5 a.m. - 6 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Note: Visitors are limited to two at a time.
Children 13 and under may be permitted to visit if arrangements are made with the charge nurse.

Directions

Burn patients are located at:

University Hospital

9 West Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-BURN (2876)

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 5 a.m. - 6 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • 9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Directions

University Hospital East

Fourth Floor West Wing
1492 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43205
614-257-2330

Visiting Hours (7 days a week):

  • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 8 - 9 p.m.

Note: Visitors are limited to two at a time.
Children 13 and under may be permitted to visit if arrangements are made with the charge nurse.

Directions View the Care Team

Why Choose Ohio State?

For 21 years, U.S. News has recognized Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center as a national leader in quality outcomes and patient safety. Our reputation for excellence helps us recruit the world's top medical experts to Columbus, and our team of 19,000 dedicated faculty and staff is creating the future of medicine to improve people's lives. Whether your healthcare needs are routine or complex, Ohio State is your best choice for expert, personalized care.

Additional Information and Resources

Palliative Care

When your loved one is in need of additional supportive care and comfort during a time of a significant health event, our palliative care team will provide services within each designated intensive care unit. The goal of the team is to enhance the patient's quality of life by maximizing physical comfort, preventing or alleviating suffering and providing psychological and spiritual support. Our team can guide you through the process of transferring your loved one to hospice or home with palliative services when appropriate. Talk to your nurse for more details.

STAR Outpatient Program: Help With Emotional Healing

The Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) Program addresses experiences of trauma both prior to and as a result of injury or illness, and provides education, treatment and research around these critical needs.

If you need support dealing with the trauma and stress surrounding your medical condition, injury or other circumstances that required a stay in the ICU, you are not alone. Nearly 90 percent of Americans are exposed to a traumatic event sometime in their lives. This includes abuse or violence, a disaster, a medical condition or a sudden and profound loss.

Learn more about how OSU helps those with emotional healing of the healthcare process by viewing this video. For STAR Program services, call 614-293-STAR (7827).

Family Survey

We strive to offer you and your family a caring and comfortable environment in our intensive care units. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is always interested in your feedback and ways to improve your experience. Please take a moment to complete our brief survey so that we can continue to provide the highest level of care for all our patients.

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