Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital has one of the largest and most advanced adult critical care programs in the nation. IU Health Methodist Hospital has world-class critical care units that provide comprehensive care for many patients with complex and severe health conditions. The program is composed of 128 beds and specializes in the care of patients with neurological, neurosurgical, cardiovascular, trauma, transplant and pulmonary medical conditions.
Since IU Health Methodist Hospital is a regional referral Level One Trauma Center, patients are often referred to one of the IU Health Methodist Hospital critical care units from surrounding counties, neighboring states or even across the U.S.. All of the critical care physicians in the ICU are board certified in critical care medicine. Physician coverage is provided in-house 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
IU Health Methodist Hospital has one of the largest Cardiovascular Critical Care Units in the country. The unit recovers over 1,000 cardiovascular open heart surgery patients each year. Recently, the hospital received Primary Ventricular Device Center certification through the Joint Commission's disease-specific certification program.
The Neuro Critical Care Unit is also one of the largest in the country and provides care to more than 150 patients post-operatively after cerebral aneurysm ligation. The unit also specializes in the care of traumatic brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury. Nationally recognized neurosurgeons and interventional radiologists are available around the clock to patients in the unit.
Even more unique, the staff is backed up by another virtual staff, called IU Health ePartners, which uses virtual ICU technology to constantly monitor each patient. Specially trained critical care physicians and experienced critical care RNs collaborate remotely with the onsite care team to support and enhance the care of critically ill patients using the highest levels of technology. The nationally recognized system uses computers, high-speed data lines, special cameras and software to monitor patients' vital signs, medications, lab work and X-rays. There are only 40 similar centers in the country; IU Health Methodist Hospital is the only one in Indianapolis.