Intensive care unit in Richmond

At Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, intensive care, also referred to as critical care, provides 24/7 monitoring of patients who are critically ill with life-threatening injuries or diseases.

If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency, always call 911 first.

Chippenham is able to care for our community's most severely injured and ill patients, in a variety of intensive care settings. Our department-based intensive care units (ICUs) include:

  • Medical surgical ICU with 32 private beds
  • Coronary ICU with 12 private beds
  • Dedicated cardiovascular ICU with 12 private beds and integrated with our cardiovascular step-down unit
  • Eight bed pediatric ICU
  • 15-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Contact our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (804) 320-3627 for more information about ICU, such as directions and parking.

Multidisciplinary critical care team

All members of our intensive care team are highly trained in caring for critically ill and injured patients. Our specially trained staff members include:

  • Intensivists
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Dietitians
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains

In our ICU, patients are often connected to a host of equipment and receive constant, personal attention. Some of the machines that can be involved in ICU patient care include advanced heart monitors, ventilators (for breathing assistance), feeding tubes and catheters. Because of the high degree of intervention associated with these devices, infections can become more common.

Advanced directive

Because patients who are in the ICU are critically ill, it is important for the patient and his or her loved ones to know that their wishes will be honored. Decisions regarding end-of-life care are difficult to make, and as such, we recommend that patients have an advance directive on file with our hospital. This document allows patients to clearly articulate their medical wishes, should they be too sick to make choices on their own.

An advance directive also establishes a “healthcare proxy,” or someone who is trusted to make decisions on behalf of the patient if they are unable to do so.