Intensive Care Unit at Granville Medical Center

Granville Health System (GHS) realizes that hospitalization is never convenient, but the GHS Intensive Care Unit (ICU) does everything possible to make patients and families comfortable.

Due to the intensive level of care provided in the ICU, patients require constant monitoring by the nursing staff.  In order to meet ICU patients’ needs, the hospital requests that all patient visits be scheduled.  Visitation by immediate family members is recognized as an important part of the emotional recovery process and your GHS ICU Team will establish open lines of communication between patients, families and medical staff.

Department nurses and physicians communicate with the patient and family about treatment, making sure they participate in the development and implementation of the patient’s plan of care.  Granville Health System’s medical team encourages ongoing open discussion and questions.

During a stay at Granville Medical Center’s ICU, physicians, members of the Hospitalists Service Team and the ICU nursing team medically manage every aspect of a patient’s hospital care.  GHS Hospitalists are board certified in internal medicine and specialize in the care of hospitalized patients.

GHS physicians and hospitalists are in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are able to immediately respond to test results, studies, or unexpected changes in a patient’s condition at any time.  They work closely with the ICU nursing staff, are readily available and generally can respond quickly whenever a patient or a family member has a question or concern.

Communication between the ICU nursing staff and family is very important.  At the bottom of this page are helpful guidelines and recommendations for visitation in the ICU and communicating important information to your family.  If you have questions, please ask any member of the GHS ICU Team.  We will be happy to help in any way.

ICU Reminders

  • Due to the potential for serious infections, children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to visit the ICU.  This guideline is in the place specifically for the welfare of the child.  Many young children do not have immunity systems that have matured.
  • Visits should be limited to 15-minute intervals during visiting time.
  • Visitors should inform the nurse prior to entering the patient’s room.
  • Visitors must wait in the ICU waiting room and exit the ICU when visiting is complete.
  • Eating or drinking by visitors is not allowed in the patient’s room.
  • Due to the possibility of diet restrictions, the Primary Care Nurse must give permission to bring food to the patient.
  • Patients must wear hospital gowns.
  • Patients should not keep personal effects with them while they are hospitalized.
  • Electrical appliances such as razors, computers, I-pods, or MP3 players are not permitted unless they are first approved by maintenance and are functioning properly.
  • Flowers are permitted in ICU per Infection Control policy.
  • Family members are to call on the telephone outside the unit to request entrance.  Please dial 4350 and tell the person who you wish to visit.
  • Upon the patient’s admission, it is requested that a spokesperson for the family be identified.  The spokesperson will communicate directly with the patient’s nurse and physician and receive all up-to-date patient information.  The spokesperson will be responsible for sharing patient care information with other family members.  This process allows the medical team to fully concentrate on the patient’s care.

ICU Visitation Guidelines & Hours

Visitors:
- Immediate family only
- Two (2) members at a time may visit
- No children under the age of 12 years

Visiting Hours:
9:00 am – 10:00 am
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Visitation times may be altered due to the emergent needs of the unit.

Exceptions:
In the event a patient is placed on a mechanical ventilator or is critically ill, the Primary Care Nurse, in agreement with the Charge Nurse, may make adjustments in the visiting hours and who may visit.  This change will be communicated appropriately to all other shifts.

Granville Health System ICU Policy


The physicians and nursing staff’s primary concern is for the speedy recovery of our patients.  The intensive level of care provided to ICU patients requires constant monitoring by the nursing staff.  A strictly controlled patient environment is important to our patient’s needs.  Visitation by immediate family members, however, is recognized as an important part of the emotional recovery process and is permitted under Granville Health System’s established guidelines.