Critical Care

At Indiana University Health, our critical care services offer an intense level of monitoring and specialized care for those who are critically ill or injured. We provide comprehensive care for conditions such as heart failure, traumatic brain injury, respiratory failure and other serious medical conditions that require hospitalization in a critical care unit (also called an intensive care unit or ICU).  

Our highly skilled critical care physicians and multidisciplinary team of nurses, respiratory and physical therapists, pharmacists and nutritionists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The critical care team works closely with emergency physicians, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, surgeons and other specialists to deliver timely assessments, diagnoses and treatments for those in critical condition.

Family members are considered part of the multidisciplinary team and are involved in all aspects of care. Collaboration between team members, patients and families is encouraged so there can be open communication about coping with a difficult diagnosis, evaluating possible treatment options and sharing wishes for medical treatments at the end of life.

For children needing care for severe injuries, infections or chronic illnesses, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health offers a full range of services.

Nationally recognized as one of the largest and most advanced adult critical care programs in the nation, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital provides sophisticated care for patients with serious and life-threatening illnesses and injuries. As a regional referral Level I Trauma Center, we care for patients from surrounding counties, neighboring states and even across the United States.

Our experience is backed by numerous awards we have received for delivering exceptional quality care. The University Health Consortium designated IU Health Methodist Hospital as one of the top five hospitals in the country for clinical outcomes. 

Cardiovascular Critical Care

IU Health Methodist Hospital has one of the largest Cardiovascular Critical Care Units in the country, providing care to over 1,000 recovering open-heart surgery patients each year. Recognized by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, IU Health Methodist Hospital also received Primary Ventricular Device Center certification through the Joint Commission's disease-specific certification program. With a STEMI program for patients suffering heart attack, a Level I vascular center and a nationally recognized post-cardiac arrest hypothermia program, we are bringing top-of-the-line care to patients across the state and the region.

Neurology Critical Care

IU Health Methodist Hospital Neurology Critical Care is also one of the largest in the country and provides care to more than 150 patients post-operatively after cerebral aneurysm ligation. Our team specializes in the care of traumatic brain injury, stroke and spinal cord injury. Nationally recognized neurosurgeons and interventional radiologists are available around the clock and neuro telemetry allows for continued EEG monitoring.

Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

Trauma and surgical critical care is equipped to provide around-the-clock care for patients needing emergency surgery and non-trauma-related general surgery. Two surgeons, one dedicated to trauma and one dedicated to emergency general surgery, are available in-house, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Additional Contact Information

For Patients
Call direct: 317.962.2000
We are located at:
Adult Critical Care Unit
1701 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

For Physicians
Any physician, healthcare professional or healthcare agency may refer a patient to IU Health Methodist Hospital Critical Care.
Call direct: 317.962.2000