The Cardiovascular Health Department - dedicated to promoting heart healthy behavior.

Cardiovascular Intermediate Care Unit

CICU is located on the fifth floor of the Elliot Hospital. The unit is comprised of three private rooms and fourteen semi-private rooms. Each nurses' station is equipped with a central monitoring system to provide cardiac monitoring for every patient.

The CICU provides care to inpatients and outpatients with cardiac medical diagnoses. They may require heart rhythm management, pacemaker, AICD implantation or revision, angioplasty, stent insertion, or cardiac diagnostic studies. Medical diagnoses include but are not limited to coronary artery disease, angina myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, dysrhythmia, syncope, congestive heart failure, drug or substance overdose, and chest pain.

Patients are also treated on an outpatient capacity for acute drug testing, cardiac catheterizations, cardioversion, and electrophysiological/ablation studies. All of our patients are assessed and reviewed through an interdisciplinary team approach. The disciplines that work collaboratively on this unit include:

  • Nursing
  • Food and Nutritional Services
  • Social Work And Case Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Pastoral Care
  • Cardiac Rehab

Nursing care on CICU is based on the Elliot Hospital Model of Care (Caring, Competence, Continuity, and Teamwork).

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Mission Statement

The Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit is committed to improving the health and well-being of our patients by providing specialized medical and nursing care by a highly-trained staff utilizing the most current technological equipment available. Care is delivered in a compassionate, personalized manner. We affirm individual work and dignity by addressing the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. We are committed to maintaining the highest level of nursing care expertise in order to meet the diverse needs of our community and to exceed their expectations. We take pride in our collaborative relationships with our patients, their families, and all ancillary services that are involved in returning our patients to health and wellness.

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We are committed to the highest standards of quality and excellence. We respect each other with open and honest communication and work collaboratively to create an atmosphere of healing. We encourage patient autonomy and independence. We take pride and show support in the success of others.

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The Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visiting hours on CICU are 12 Noon until 8:00 PM. Children under 14 years of age are permitted to visit when supervised by an adult visitor.

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Contact Person

Specific questions regarding care on the Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit can be directed to Laurie King, RN, Department Director, at (603) - 663-7530.

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