If your loved one is receiving intensive care at Ohio State, you can trust our skilled staff is providing 24-hour attention.

Intensive care is sometimes necessary for patients with severe illness who are in need of life support measures and close monitoring of vital signs, for patients who have sustained serious traumatic injury, patients with severe infections resulting in shock, and patients experiencing a serious condition requiring a high level of care around the clock.

If your loved one is receiving care in one of our intensive care units (ICUs), you can feel confident our skilled staff is providing 24-hour attention. Ohio State is of very few comprehensive Centers for Critical Care in the United States with multiple distinctions: 

  • The only American Burn Association-certified adult burn center in central Ohio
  • Central Ohio's only comprehensive adult organ and bone marrow transplantation program
  • A Level 1 Trauma Center 
  • The only emergency department in central Ohio with hyperbaric medicine facilities
  • Central Ohio's only Comprehensive Wound Center

Locating and visiting your loved one

When a family member or close friend experiences a health crisis and is admitted to an intensive care unit, you want information about how to reach them as quickly as possible. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center has several dedicated intensive care units designed to provide specialized expert care during this critical time. Specific information about how to locate your loved one, including visiting hours and locations, is listed here for each unit.

Cardiac Intensive Care

Patients recovering from heart procedures such as surgery, cardiac bypass or stenting will spend time in the cardiac intensive care unit for observation and recovery. Our staff at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital combines the latest technology with outstanding, patient-focused care to create the best possible healing environment and outcomes for our patients.

Why Ohio State? The Ross Heart Hospital provides state-of-the-art facilities for heart and vascular procedures, is a national leader for implanting ventricular assist devices (VADs) and houses the only adult heart transplant program in central Ohio. Our cardiac ICU has been a consistent recipient of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence since 2009. Patients and families appreciate our universal bed concept, where patients remain in the same room from admission to discharge, regardless of their critical care status. Additionally, the Ross Heart Hospital is recognized in the 2013 survey by U.S.News & World Report a leader in cardiology and heart surgery, ranking 36th out of nearly 5,000 hospitals around the country.

Ohio State's cardiac intensive care unit is located at:

Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
Fourth Floor
452 W. 10th Ave.

Our care team includes:

Medical Intensive Care

Medical intensive care units (MICUs) care for patients with breathing problems resulting from complicated illnesses such as pneumonia, heart failure and severe infection, or breathing complications caused by cancer treatment. OSU Wexner Medical Center has three medical intensive care units: two are on the eighth and 11th floors of Rhodes Hall and one is on the fourth floor of University Hospital East.

Why Ohio State? The 11 West Rhodes MICU at University Hospital received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in 2012. The honor exemplifies our excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes.

Ohio State's medical intensive care units are located at:

University Hospital
11 West Rhodes Hall and 8 Rhodes Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.

University Hospital East
Fourth Floor West Wing
1492 E. Broad St.

Our care team includes:

Neurosciences Critical Care

Following stroke, trauma or neurological surgery, patients will spend time recovering in our 16-bed neurosciences critical care unit. This unit is staffed with some of the nation’s most exceptional neuroscience physicians, nurses and rehabilitative experts.

Why Ohio State? Our fellowship-trained neurointensivists offer a level of care unmatched in central Ohio for managing swelling of the brain and other complications of traumatic brain injuries. The NCCU, part of our Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, is the only unit in central Ohio with comprehensive specialized monitoring capabilities for neurological functions.

Ohio State's neurosciences critical care unit is located at:

University Hospital
4 Doan Hall and 8 Rhodes Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.

Our care team includes:

Neonatal Intensive Care

Your baby is cared for in our 49-bed Level III (the highest level of care) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where we provide the most advanced and personalized care for premature and critically ill newborns. Our unit is staffed 24/7 with board-certified neonatologists (pediatricians with additional training in newborn care), neonatal nurse practitioners, neonatal nurse specialists, therapists and support staff dedicated to providing expert attention to your baby.

Learn more about the NICU

Why Ohio State? We are a Level III NICU, staffed to provide a ratio of nurse-to-baby care of at least one-to-three and, for the sickest babies, one-to-two or one-to-one. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality care with empathy and compassion to our patients and their families.

Ohio State's neonatal intensive care unit is located at: 

University Hospital
6 East Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.

Surgical Intensive Care

Following surgery or a serious traumatic injury, a doctor may recommend your loved one receive close observation in our 26-bed surgical intensive care unit, located in 4 West Doan Hall at University Hospital, or in our 19-bed medical-surgical intensive care unit, located on the fourth floor of University Hospital East. These ICUs take care of trauma, burn, transplant, cardio-thoracic surgery, surgical oncology, ENT, orthopedic, neurosurgery and general surgery patients.

Patients newly admitted to the hospital for burn treatment are cared for in the SICU. (Burn patients are located at 9 West Doan Hall at University Hospital.)

Why Ohio State? We’re one of the only few comprehensive Centers for Critical Care in the United States with many distinctions: 

  • The only American Burn Association-certified adult burn center in central Ohio
  • Central Ohio's only comprehensive adult organ and bone marrow transplantation program
  • A Level 1 Trauma Center
  • The only emergency department in central Ohio with hyperbaric medicine facilities
  • Central Ohio's only Comprehensive Wound Center

Our care team includes:


Additional information and resources

Additional information and resources

Family Survey

We strive to offer you and your family a caring and comfortable environment in our intensive care units. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is always interested in your feedback and ways to improve your experience. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey so that we can continue to provide the highest level of care for all our patients.

Palliative Care

When your loved one is in need of additional supportive care and comfort during a significant health event, our palliative care team will provide services within each designated intensive care unit. The goal of the team is to enhance a patient's quality of life by maximizing physical comfort, preventing or alleviating suffering, and providing psychological and spiritual support. Our team can guide you through the process of transferring your loved one to hospice or home with palliative services when appropriate. Talk to your nurse for more details.

STAR Outpatient Program: Help With Emotional Healing

The Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) Program addresses experiences of trauma both prior to and as a result of injury or illness, and provides education, treatment and research around these critical needs.

If you need support dealing with the trauma and stress surrounding your medical condition, you are not alone. Nearly 90 percent of Americans are exposed to a traumatic event sometime in their lives. This includes abuse or violence, a disaster, a medical condition or a sudden and profound loss.

For STAR Program services, call 614-293-7827 (STAR).

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