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CardioThoracic Intensive Care

Harrisburg Campus
This 19-bed unit cares for patients post open heart surgery, post STEMI, and high risk vascular procedures.  Complex patients include CRRT, ECMO, Impella and ventricular assist devices.  

Med/Surg Intensive Care

Harrisburg Campus
This 22-bed unit receives patients requiring complex, multi-system treatment including advanced ventilatory modes, CRRT, and hemo and intracranial pressure monitoring. The MSICU charge nurse staffs the Rapid Response Team and Code Blue Team. 

Respiratory/Intermediate Care

Harrisburg Campus
This 22-bed unit admits patients with complex, multi-system problems. Advanced
treatments and procedures including mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, and inotropic drug support are provided. In addition, as the nation’s only inpatient Toxicology unit, Patients admitted for drug overdoses or poisonings are also managed on this unit.

Intensive Care Unit

Community Campus
This 12-bed unit specializes in the care of critically ill adults. Complicated surgical cases comprise the most frequent surgical diagnosis in this area.

Integrated Neuroscience Unit/ Step Down

Harrisburg Campus
This 24-bed unit admits patients with a variety of neuroscience diagnoses, including CVA/TIA, seizures, brain tumors and post-craniotomy.  Six beds are dedicated to caring for the higher acuity patient with oversight by the Intensivist service.
Required Experience for all Critical Care Units: Registered Nurse (BSN) with ICU experience or Graduate Nurse with completion of PinnacleHealth’s Critical Care Course

Critical Care Orientation

All nurses working in the Critical Care areas must first complete an approved critical care course. Experienced Critical Care nurses take a placement exam. Orientation is then based on individual nurse needs. Inexperienced nurses attend the Critical Care Course based on AACN’s Essentials in Critical Care Orientation. The Critical Care Course is designed to provide graduate nurses with a comprehensive, structured orientation to the critical care environment. The three month program supports the graduate nurse’s transition into the registered nurse role by developing:
  • Advanced Physical Assessment Skills.
  • Critical Thinking
  • Organizational Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Knowledge of Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Skills
In addition, professional development workshops are offered during the first year to
promote individual growth. Staff Development Instructors personally follow each nurse’s progress and provide ongoing support