Critically ill medical and cardiac patients are cared for on 17 South. Using a preventative medicine approach registered nurses, MD's from every specialty, and many other healthcare professionals collaborate 24 hours a day to form a diagnosis, treatment, and discharge plan for each individual patient. Visiting hours for this unit start at 12 noon and end at 9 pm. Only two visitors over the age of 14 are allowed in at one time. We ask that you assign one family member to be the spokesperson for your family so that we can spend more time caring for your loved one. It is always a good idea to write down your questions ahead of time. We have multiple support services available to help the patient and the family get through this trying time.
Medical Intensive Care (MICU) is dedicated to patients who have complex medical problems such as long standing breathing problems, overwhelming infections, and shock from various other medical conditions. We are equipped to deal with the most complex cases with 24-hour physician consultation and special services not located anywhere else in Suffolk County. Many of our patients require sophisticated machinery to help their ailing organs rest.
Cardiac Intensive Care (CCU) devotes itself to patients who not only have had heart attacks, but all different types of cardiac diseases, congestive heart failure or heart infections for example. Our cardiac catheterization lab is available 24 hours a day with a back up of a cardiac surgeon/OR suite if the need should arise. Here too, there is high tech equipment at use such as the Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) that allows a fragile heart to lighten its workload until the critical time has passed. We also have the latest drugs that prevent complications that can occur when heart disease strikes.
Our primary goal is to provide the highest excellence in patient satisfaction. We want you to have peace of mind that your loved one is receiving the most competent care available, that the patient is clean, comfortable and of course pain free. We want to provide you with information that can help you understand the cause and treatment plan for the patient without complicated medical phrases. You will be equipped with knowledge that you need to know to make decisions that are comfortable for you and in your loved one's best interest. WELCOME TO 17 SOUTH!!!!!!