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Intensive Care Unit- ICUEmbrace Care

Pulmonology Care Center Santiam Hospital's ICU team is available 24-7 to care for serious injuries or life-threatening illness.

We are here for you.

The intensive care team at Santiam Hospital consists of registered nurses, physician specialists, respiratory and physical therapists, patient care technicians, pharmacists, dieticians, and monitor technicians. These dedicated professionals provide compassionate, comprehensive care for your loved one.

We Want to Involve You

At Santiam Hospital, we make every attempt to actively include a patient's family in creating a healing environment, so please don't hesitate to ask about his or her condition or treatment. We also welcome your comments and concerns.

Visitation Hours & Policy

The health and wellbeing of our patients is our primary concern, and we know that your visit may be the best medicine. However, too many visitors can unintentionally tire those in our care. For this reason, we restrict visitors to two at a time. This includes family, significant others and friends. Please note that visiting may be restricted due to patient care events.

  • Regular visiting hours are 9am - 8pm. The primary family member is welcomed 24 hours a day according to patient preference.
  • Guests must check in at front desk before being allowed to visit the ICU.
  • Children less than 10 years old may not visit the ICU except in special circumstances and need pre approval by the house supervisor.
  • Guests need to respect the patient's privacy and will need to leave the room during treatments.
  • Guests are to remain in patient rooms or waiting areas only. Please do not gather in the halls.
  • Food is prohibited in ICU patient care areas and patient rooms. Drinks with lids are allowed.
  • Cell phones can be used in the ICU with discretion and with silenced ringers.

Your Beacons in a Life's Storm


While you are visiting in the ICU, we encourage that you remain calm and supportive to the patient. Make eye contact and provide encouragement. Remember that, although the patient may not show it, he/ she hears more than you might think. After checking with the staff, don't be afraid to touch the patient. You will be surrounded by monitoring lights and machines. If you are unsure or have questions about any equipment, please ask the nurse for help.

Please be aware that the medical equipment used in the ICU has alarm settings to alert the healthcare staff to possible changes in a patient's condition. The alarms are very sensitive to the patient's movements and coughing, and may not reflect any real problem.

Because of the surgery, medication, the surroundings, and frequent monitoring by nurses, some patients may experience mild disorientation or confusion while in the ICU. We work hard to decrease or manage this situation, including dimming the lights at night and minimizing nighttime stimulation for the patient. If you have any questions or concerns about patient confusion, please talk to your nurse or doctor.

Visitor's Guide to ICU

Click here to download Santiam brochure Guide to ICU Visit.