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Critical Care Services

Critical Care Services at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is where advanced technology and medical expertise come together to provide care for our most seriously ill patients. Activity on the units includes patient assessments, treatments, medications, lab tests, X-rays and other procedures at all hours of the day and night. Critical Care Services encompass several different nursing units where patients are cared for based on the type of care that they require.

Critical Care Units

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Patients admitted to the ICU may be recovering from major surgery, heart or respiratory failure, strokes, sepsis or other serious conditions including accidents. ICU patients require maximum medical attention and highly specialized nursing care.

Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CT-ICU)

Patients admitted to the CT-ICU are recovering from open heart, cardio-thoracic or vascular surgery and cardiac procedures. CT-ICU patients require maximum medical attention and highly specialized cardiac nursing care.

Progressive Care Unit (PCU) and Special Care Unit (SCU)

Patients in the PCU and SCU are less acutely ill than ICU patients, but still require advanced resources, close monitoring and specialized nursing care.


Intensivists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of our most seriously ill patients. The intensivists perform rounds in the ICU each morning and work closely with our staff members in the CT-ICU, PCU and SCU. They work in collaboration with our patients’ attending physicians and specialists to review the patients’ care throughout their stay.

Our patients’ loved ones are an important part of their care and recovery. At some point during your loved one’s care, there may be a need to hold a family and caregiver meeting with his or her physician. The goal of the meeting is to facilitate communication and discuss goals of care. The need for a meeting will be determined by the care team during daily rounds or at the request of the patient’s loved ones.

Point of Contact

While your loved one is receiving care on one of our Critical Care units, he or she is the focus of the care team’s undivided attention. For this reason, it is important that each patient’s family and friends designate one point of contact for sharing information about their loved one’s care. 

If your loved one has designated a healthcare proxy who is responsible for making decisions if he or she is unable, that person is the ideal point of contact. The person chosen as point of contact is responsible for receiving information from the care team, and relaying that information to other family members and friends. All calls made to the unit about your loved one will be directed to the person chosen as the point of contact.