Special Care Unit

The Special Care Unit at Grant Memorial Hospital provides safe, comprehensive, specialized, high-quality care for critically ill patients.

Patients admitted to the Special Care Unit require treatment for shock states, trauma, unstable angina, stroke, heart attack, respiratory failure, life support, recovery from major surgery, and pediatric conditions, such as respiratory distress and dehydration.


The Special Care Unit offers three private rooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring and constant observation by a registered nurse. The unit provides constant cardiac monitoring with telemetry by a registered nurse or specially trained telemetry technician.

Diagnostic procedures include stress testing, nuclear stress testing, and electrocardiogram testing. Once patients are stabilized, they are transferred to another patient care unit or to a more specialized facility.


To meet each patient’s needs, we follow a multidisciplinary approach that involves physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, and social services. Our team is dedicated to providing expert healthcare and to treating patients with compassion and respect.

Staff members are certified in basic life support, pediatric advanced life support, and advanced cardiac life support, and they are trained in electrocardioversion, temporary pacing, and use of nitrates, thrombolytic therapies, oximetry monitoring, and cardiac arrest response.

Visitation Guidelines

For the well-being of our patients, we ask that the following guidelines be observed:

  • Visiting hours are from 10 am – 8 pm.
  • Up to two people at a time may visit the patient.
  • Children under age 12 are not allowed to visit the unit (due to risk of infection).
  • Please remain in your patient’s room or in the unit waiting room.
  • Please do not linger at the nurse’s station or hallway between the patient rooms and the nurse’s station.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave the unit at any time so we can provide complex patient care, perform procedures, or deal with emergencies.
  • Visitors will be asked to leave the premises if they become disruptive or interfere with general comfort and care of patients, visitors, and staff.
  • People with evidence of mild communicable illnesses or infections will not be allowed to visit patients.