CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8798 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Oct. 19, 2000
EDITORS: University of Iowa Health Care faculty and staff
are invited to attend an open house in the new MICU on Monday, Oct. 23, from
2 to 4 p.m. Media are invited to tour the new MICU at
1 p.m. on Oct. 23. Staff members will be available for interviews.
New Medical Intensive Care Unit to Open
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Staff members in the Medical Intensive
Care Unit (MICU) at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will begin
caring for patients in the new MICU on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Patients in the MICU are critically ill and usually
have three to five body systems that are not functioning well. The new unit
on the fifth floor of the Roy Carver Pavilion replaces a 16-year-old facility
on the fourth floor of the General Hospital. The new MICU was specially designed
with input from patients, family members, nurses and physicians.
"Our challenge was to create an environment that is
both state-of-the-art from a medical standpoint and, at the same time, as
comfortable as possible from a personal standpoint to meet the needs of the
patients and families we are caring for here," said Lynn Comried, nurse manager
of the MICU and the Intermediate Pulmonary Care Unit.
The new MICU facility features a comprehensive music
and humor library, artwork on the ceiling for patients who must remain in
bed, and mobiles. Pagers are provided to family members, and each of the 12
private rooms contains two comfortable chairs, including a sleep chair for
family members who wish to stay in the room overnight.
In addition, MICU staff members will wear special
locator badges that will allow the staff to be located or contacted without
using an overhead paging system that disturbs patients.
"The MICU team demonstrated tremendous leadership
by involving the patients and families in the planning process for the new
unit," said Ellen Cram, associate director of nursing. "The staff invested
a lot of time and energy in creating a healing environment, where our patients
can have adequate rest, some ability to control their own lives and a sense
of sanctuary for themselves and their loved ones."
"The strength of the MICU is the staff," added Comried.
"We care for the sickest patients, treat the most unusual illnesses. Our nurses
are excellent, as are our physicians and residents. Now, we have this beautiful
facility that matches the high quality of care we've always provided."
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.