Acute Care Telemetry Unit (ACT)
This unit is dedicated to patients who are transitioning from ICU but still
need more advanced care than in the telemetry unit. Northwest Medical Center has
a 20-bed ACT unit with all private rooms. Patients are typically post-operative
cardiothoracic patients or patients who have undergone interventional procedures
in the Cath Lab. The nurse-to-patient ratio on this unit is typically 4:1.
Cardiac Observation Unit (COU)
The Cardiac Observation Unit supports the Cath Lab with pre- and post-care of
Cath Lab patients. This unit is operational Monday through Saturday and closed
Northwest Medical Center's 15-bed Cardiovascular ICU is dedicated to
post-open heart cardiac patients, acute MI, and other Cardiovascular diagnoses.
The nurse-to-patient ratio on this unit is typically 1:2. The nursing staff
require intense, specialized training in order to work on this unit.
Northwest Medical Center's 20-bed Med/Surg ICU specializes in the care of the
critically ill patient with a variety of medical, surgical, and neurological
diagnoses. The nurse-to-patient ratio on this unit is typically 1:2. The nursing
staff requires intense, specialized training in order to work on this unit.
Northwest Medical Center's 42- bed oncology unit is dedicated to patients
with cancer and other medical diagnoses. The nurses working on this unit are
specially educated to provide chemotherapy and symptom management for cancer
patients. Our staff is assisted in providing support for patients and families
by an experienced oncology nurse case manager and a social worker whose focus is
also oncology. We consider patient and family education as an important part of
the nurse's duties. We also have several nurses certified in patient massage for
symptom management. Reduction in pain, anxiety and dyspnea has been noted in
patients receiving this therapy.
Northwest Medical Center's 51 bed medical/surgical orthopedics unit consists
of pre-and post-surgical patients who have had orthopedic, general or bariatric
surgery. This unit has a strong focus on patient care and teamwork. The rooms
are a mix of private and semi-private.
The 30-bed neurology unit is a combination of private and semi-private rooms
all with telemetry capabilities to monitor the patients. The neuro team works
closely with speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and EEG
technicians for the coordination of patient care.
A nurse case manager experienced in neurological surgeries and disorders is
stationed on this unit. The case manager provides support, education and
community resources for the staff and neurological patients. The nurses from the
neuro unit are also used hospital-wide as resources for the Stroke Team which
evaluates all inpatients suspected of having an acute stroke.
Our 50-bed progressive telemetry unit cares for patients who need to have
cardiac monitoring and specialized cardiac care. The unit is a combination of
private and semi-private rooms. Dedicated case managers assist patients and
families with coordinating services during their hospital stay and upon
discharge. The nursing staff is specially trained to care for patients with
complex medical and cardiac needs.