Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute’s critical care team includes fellowship-trained intensivists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, nurses, consult specialists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, perfusionists, physical and speech therapy specialists, and clergy.

Saint Luke's critical care services provide:

Learn more about Saint Luke's ECMO Program.

Cardiac ICU

Saint Luke's Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) specializes in caring for patients who’ve been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, heart failure, or unstable rhythm disturbances.

Our team is certified to care for patients facing acute conditions while nurturing their physical and emotional needs. Our critical care certified nurses provide the full spectrum of care, from admission to discharge.

Patients in the Cardiac ICU have such conditions as:

  • Hypothermia in post-arrest
  • Acute MI
  • Cardiac rhythm disturbances
  • End-stage heart failure

Patients may also be in the Cardiac ICU for:

  • Pre-heart transplant care
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Post-care after complicated procedures

Visiting hours and guidelines

  • Two visitors at a time.
  • No visitors during shift change: 6:45 – 7:30 a.m.; 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Nursing staff may ask visitors to step out of the room temporarily to allow for private patient care.

Cardiovascular ICU (CVICU)

The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is designed for the care of postoperative cardiac and thoracic surgery patients. The CVICU provides patients with the most sophisticated care from a team of dedicated experts who are directed 24/7 by a trained physician credentialed in critical care medicine.

Surgical Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit

After patients have recovered from surgery in the CVICU, they’re transferred to the Surgical Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit. They receive 24/7 care from advanced nurse practitioners.

Liaison nurses

These nurses meet with patients’ families the day of surgery and keep them updated through every step of the operation and recovery process. They also address the family’s needs and provide detailed instructions for ongoing care prior to a patient’s discharge.

Pre-op Clinic

A hospital setting for patients to get their questions answered prior to undergoing cardiac surgery. Cardiac nurses conduct a comprehensive evaluation and provide in-depth information about the specific procedure. Tours of this space are available.

Visiting hours and guidelines

  • One family member may remain at the patient’s bedside at all times.
  • No visitors during shift change: 6:30 – 8:30 a.m.; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Nurses may ask visitors to step outside during patient care treatments.

Contact us

Call 816-932-3672


Michelle M Haines, MD

Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine

Anthony J Hart, MD

Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology


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