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Adult ICU to close at Women's and Children's Hospital

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | 1:33 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The adult intensive care unit at the MU Health Care's Women's and Children's Hospital will close in early June.

Spokeswoman Mary Jenkins said the last day the unit is scheduled to be open is June 8, but this could change to ensure a seamless transition for those involved.

Jenkins said that new technology has shortened the length of time many patients stay and that fewer obstetrics and gynecology patients are needing critical care. 

"The number of patients anticipated to need the ICU is only a handful," Jenkins said. "Only one-fourth of 1 percent of patients (at Women's and Children's Hospital) will require intensive care."

Patients in need of intensive care will be taken to University Hospital, which is also a part of MU Health Care. Jenkins said the average number of patients in intensive care units at University Hospital on a daily basis is 51.

"University Hospital is going to be the best place for those patients to receive critical care because we have multiple ICUs and specialists," she said.

The 11 nurses employed in the intensive care unit at Women's and Children's Hospital have been assigned recruiters to help transition to other departments throughout the system, Jenkins said.

"These are nurses that we want to retain, so we are doing everything we can to help them transition to jobs within MU Health Care," she said.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.


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