Intensive Care

A critically ill patient requires specialized, round-the-clock observation and care. At Mary Greeley Medical Center, that level of care is provided by our Intensive and Coronary Care Unit (ICCU).

About ICCU Patients

There’s no one type of patient that needs the specialized care at the Intensive and Coronary Care Unit of Mary Greeley Medical Center. ICCU staff care for heart patients, neurosurgery patients, trauma patients, medical/surgical patients, and pediatric patients over the age of one year. People who may have a hemorrhage disorder or acute respiratory distress, as well as those who are unstable after a surgery, may also receive care in the ICCU.

Patients stay in ICCU an average of two days before being transferred to a unit that specializes in telemetry, medical care or post-surgery care.

Extensive, Specialized Training

The level of nursing care is intense, and so is the required training. The registered nurses in ICCU are certified in advanced cardiac life support and advanced electrocardiography. Staff also receives training in the use of the intra-aortic balloon pump, mechanical ventilators, hypothermia therapy after a cardiac arrest, and more.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Mary Greeley Medical Center

Very young patients have different critical care requirements than adult patients. That’s why Mary Greeley Medical Center created the Level II Neonatal Intensive and Intermediate Care Unit in our Birthways Maternity unit. There, specially trained staff, including two pediatric hospitalists, oversee the care of critically ill newborns and children. 

Family Support at the ICCU

Mary Greeley has a responsibility to provide an atmosphere that supports and promotes patient recovery. Adequate rest is necessary for a rapid recovery. We also recognize the therapeutic role that visitors play in the healing process. Mary Greeley ensures the right of a patient to receive visitors consistent with patient preferences, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend. The patient has the right to withdraw or deny his or her consent to receive specific visitors.

Patient visitation rights are subject to Mary Greeley Medical Center’s justified clinical restrictions. Such restrictions may be imposed when it is considered necessary to provide safe care to the patient or other patients. A justified clinical restriction may include, but need not be limited to one or more of the following circumstances:

  • There may be infection control issues;
  • Visitation may interfere with the care of other patients;
  • The hospital is aware that there is an existing court order restricting contact;
  • Visitors engage in disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior of any kind;
  • The patient or patient’s roommate(s) need privacy;

The patient is undergoing a clinical intervention or procedure and the treating health care professional believes it is in the patient‘s best interest to limit visitation during the clinical intervention or procedure.


The ICCU is located on the second floor of the medical center’s south tower. To reach the ICCU, please call 515-239-2011 and ask to be transferred.

A family waiting room is located near the ICCU. To reach the ICCU Family Waiting Room, dial ext. 3680 from within the hospital.

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